I know many people find that the change in church attire from formal to flip flops, jean shorts and t-shirts to be great. I for one am really struggling with it. I know that God sees our heart and what we wear doesn’t make us any different in His sight. I know many godly people who dress casually for church and I do not question their salvation, so please don’t misunderstand me.
Here is where I struggle: Doesn’t the way we dress show our attitude towards what we are doing? We dress up when we are doing something special on Saturday night. Isn’t church special? Why is it no longer worth getting dressed up for?
It’s been shown time and time again that when schools require uniforms it affects the students attitudes in a positive way. Christian schools often require uniforms or strict dress codes because of this, yet there’s no dress code in the church..? What we wear does affect our attitude! I dress my daughters and myself up every Sunday, not to impress anyone but because I want them to know that going to church is special and set apart.
I fear the whole trend toward casual church attire is cheapening Church. I fear it becoming another occasion where we just slip on our tennis shoes, grab our coffee mug and linger in… forgetting where it is we are.
That said, I do realize it is our heart that truly matters. God is with us & true worship can occur, no matter what we are wearing. Jesus says in Matthew 18:20, “Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”
Many consider appropriate church attire to be a disputable matter. I know that God convicts different people of different things at different times in their Christian walk. I simply implore you to examine your heart and your attitudes about church. Pray and ask God to direct your thoughts and that you will be faithful to however He convicts you on this issue.