Saturday, January 10, 2015

Saturday Soul Sessions: Church Dress Codes

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Good Afternoon,

I decided for the New Year I will start blogging a little more on Saturdays. I now sometimes I really do not have much time on Saturdays to blog because that is when I usually work. But Saturdays maybe the only time that non bloggers get a chance to read blogs. I want to give everyone the opportunity to read about God, relationships, and church matters.  Soul Sessions is just about that Christian Issues, God, and relationships. I believe more people need to be encouraged, helped, and inspired. I also want to give you a little something to think about on your day off. 

Today I will focus on Church Dress Codes. I have came across a lot of debates online about dress codes. Some claim that Church Dress Codes are too slack and others say to strict. Here  is one example  what I have come across: Stop dressing so tacky for church. I have also seen a discussion on twitter and facebook about how adults should not lambast youth for their slacker like appearance. 

I agree with both statements. It may sound crazy and wishy washy but let me explain first. I agree that saved people need to get their act together when it comes to their appearance. We know how we are to dress at church and out of church. For we have been given the Holy Spirit to discern what is right and wrong. A woman who is saved has no business going to church with daisy dukes on and a crop top! A saved man also knows not to wear shorts and Budweiser t shirt to church!  Saved people should look and dress their best. But we should also show caution to criticizing sinners about their appearance. 

I know if a sinner or visitor goes in the church with a bikini, club dress, or boxers on they should be given a firm talking too in the back of the church and given something to cover them up! But I am not talking about those people. I talking about the young woman who is not saved that is just wearing a jean skirt and top with sneakers on Sunday or the man wearing jeans. Do not run this person out of church or look down on them because they is not wearing a fine dress or suit. That outfit they are wearing maybe the only thing  they have to wear at that time. Show them love just like that woman or man who enters in the church with that fine suit on. Do not be like the people in the following scripture: 

James 2:1-4

My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism. For if a man comes into your assembly with a gold ring and dressed in fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in dirty clothes, and you pay special attention to the one who is wearing the fine clothes, and say, "You sit here in a good place," and you say to the poor man, "You stand over there, or sit down by my footstool,"have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil motives?

Church people do sometimes treat visitors wrong because they are not dress up on Sundays. This is not what we should do. We should not mistreat a person because they are not wearing the "Sunday go to meeting outfit".  I know a lot of people who do not go to church because they do not have a suit that would be good enough to wear. We should not let the dress code be a stumbling block for those that are not saved to come to church. The church is not just a clubhouse  for saints to attend but for the broke heartened to come and be restored.

A have also seen a lot of people leave churches because people mocked them for what they wore. That behavior is a shame and a very disturbing  trend. The church is suppose to set an example and if anyone does belittle a person for how they look they are not an example of Christlike behavior.  I also disagree with how some churches are pushing sinners to dress like they are saved. I really do not expect an unsaved woman to wear a floor length dress 24/7 or an unsaved man  to stop wearing saggy pants or skinny jeans. Those that are unsaved will continue to dress a certain way until their hearts and minds are renewed by God. Those unsaved should come to church looking clean,groomed, and respectful, if they can help it. But let the Lord save them first. Then let them know how they should dress and give them scriptures that discuss modesty and appearance. This debate lands at the feet of saved people to not only change their appearance for the better but most importantly their heart.

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Lanae Bond 


  1. I attend a congregation where formal dress is neither required nor requested. We are often in blue jean skirts and sneakers and nearly all our men wear jeans. This has not hampered our ability to praise God nor reach out evangelistically in our relatively rural community.

    1. That is nice how accepting your church is. Your church is a reflection of your community and its cultural. But not all churches are like that. I am a African American young woman who according to her church and cultural, we dress up on Sundays. This trend dates back to when African American people never had the opportunity or the access to fine clothing. Sundays was the only time they were not wearing working clothes. That is how I was raised and brought up. To me it is comfortable. But a lot of people are not comfortable with that form of dressing. Whatever is a person's best whether jeans or a suit that is what they should wear to church.


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