Monday, October 31, 2011

Dressing for Worship

If jeans and a T-shirt is the best we have, then God is pleased to receive us. However, our goal is to elevate worship and to offer God our best, while showing respect to the occasion of worship. Worship attire reflects our understanding of what we are about to do as well as our inward attitude. Most people have a “dress code” for their place of work. Do you dress better for work than you do for worship? Appropriate dress for worship should be modest and clean. While each person or family is understandably limited as to what they can offer, nevertheless, we should all seek to offer our best as we come before the Lord.

5 comments:

  1. Pastor Booth, any thoughts on how to balance this with 1) the deceitfulness of our hearts, 2) the fact that coming before the Lord means coming before His people, and 3) our tendency then to dress up & show off either our fashion sense or pocketbook more for others than the Lord? How do we also combat the tendency to look down on those members whose fashion sense or pocketbooks aren't as developed as ours?

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  2. This is something we should ponder, yet not hold to rigid guidelines that would violate the admonitions in the Book of James.

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  3. As we guard against falling in the ditch on one side of the road, we must not fall into the ditch on the other side. Wisdom requires that we stay on the road. The point was simply that we should present our best regardless of what our best is. However, presenting our best does not mean being a showoff. There is a time and place for some things that are inappropriate in others. While God looks first at the heart, what's in the heart will be reflected in what we say an do. Grace must be extended, but that must not become an excuse for "anything goes."

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  4. Pastor Booth, I hold the same view on dress, but I have a question:

    There are times in the Bible when God's people have come before him in "sackcloth and ashes." They have come humbled, depressed, or moved in some way by his working in their life. I am assuming that today also there may be a season in our lives where we may come to church in something close to that according to his leading.

    A thought or comment on that?

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  5. Wisdom recognizes that special occasions require special attire. Wedding, picnics, funerals, worship, etc. call for different outward expressions of the heart. Sackcloth and ashes are not casual attire but rather formal expressions of lament; they would usually be out of place at a wedding or in corporate worship.

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