I have to get this out of my head before my brain explodes. Does it really matter what you wear to church?
Is it a lack of respect to wear jeans? Is a suit and tie the appropriate attire? Should you wear the best that you have? Is it something that should even take up 5 minutes of your time deciding? Are you dressing for God or for people? Do you dress indigenously – dress like the culture in which your church resides? Or is it a personal choice between you and God?
I’m having a struggle with this. I never really gave much thought about how I dress for church. I came from a very relaxed church that welcomes people for who they are – not what they wear. I am now attending – and work for – a conservative southern baptist church. I have stepped up my wardrobe a bit to put on khakis or capris. I’ve even been known to don the occassional dress or skirt. (I know all you Phoenix people are laughing at the thought of me in a dress. shush.)
This evening I attended a vision and strategy meeting where the topic of dress code was brought up. For reasons of privacy I’m not going to get into exactly what was said but suffice it to say that I left the meeting feeling very judged because of what I choose to wear (or not wear).
Which brings me back to my original questions. I’m not looking for answers as to what I should do… only I can figure that out. But I would like to hear your own personal thoughts and choices on what you wear (or will not wear) to church and why. Do you judge people, staff or pastors based on their Sunday morning wardrobe?