Summer’s almost here, and the church-going among us know what that means.
The call for VBS teachers, and the season of sundresses. Rallying volunteers to teach Bible School is a challenge, sure, but at least it’s a pretty straightforward operation.
But how about when ladies comes to church wearing garments that, well, display a little too much of God’s creation? Or the fellows who seem ready to hit the beach or the park right after the final altar call? Do some folks take the hymn “Just As I Am” a little too literally when getting ready for worship on Sunday mornings?
Some congregations actually tout their casual, “come as you are” dress code. (Really, can you quote a single passage in Scripture where Jesus says, “Hey, don’t let that guy in here. He’s dressed like a bum! Tell him to get some better threads and THEN we’ll talk salvation!”)
The Web site for the contemporary Buckhead Church welcomes new worshipers with a fast-paced upbeat video, set to Christian rock music, that gives you an idea what the service is like. I didn’t spot a single tie. The Web site for the Cathedral of St. Philip, on the other hand, suggests a more formal atmosphere.
Does it matter what you wear to church? Have you ever felt under-dressed or over-dressed at a worship service? Should churches post some sort of guidance on their Web sites regarding attire?