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Remember when people used to dress up for church? Casual Friday has now morphed into Sloppy Sabbath.
April 19th, 2014
08:00 PM ET

Stop dressing so tacky for church

By John Blake, CNN

(CNN) - If the Rev. John DeBonville could preach a sermon to lift the souls of churchgoers across America, his message would be simple:

Stop dressing so tacky for church.

DeBonville has heard about the “come as you are” approach to dressing down for Sunday service, but he says the Sabbath is getting too sloppy.

When he scans the pews of churches, DeBonville sees rows of people dressed in their Sunday worst. They saunter into church in baggy shorts, flip-flop sandals, tennis shoes and grubby T-shirts. Some even slide into the pews carrying coffee in plastic foam containers as if they’re going to Starbucks.

“It’s like some people decided to stop mowing the lawn and then decided to come to church,” says DeBonville, rector at the Church of the Good Shepard in Massachusetts. “No one dresses up for church anymore.”

Church leaders like DeBonville have harrumphed about declining dress standards for Sunday service for years, while others say God only cares what’s in someone’s heart.

But which side is right? What does the Bible actually say about dressing properly for church? And does Jesus provide fashion advice anywhere? Wasn’t he a homeless, Galilean peasant who wore flip-flops?

The answers to these questions are not as easy as they may seem. The Bible sends mixed messages about the concept of wearing your Sunday best. And when pastors, parishioners and religious scholars were asked the same questions, they couldn’t agree, either.

Wearing ties on first dates

There was one point on which both sides did agree: People are dressing sloppier everywhere, not just church.

Take a trek to the supermarket on Saturday morning and you’re bound to run into a sleepy-eyed woman in slippers and rollers at the checkout counter.

Pajamas in public: The battle of 'appropriate' vs. 'comfy'

Or take a walk outside and you’ll be greeted by teenagers slouching around with their jeans sagging over the butt-cheeks.

Even corporate America isn’t immune. Casual Fridays has morphed into casual every day and even tech tycoons like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wear bland T-shirts during public presentations.

It’s a sharp departure from another era in America before the 1960s, when people wore suits, dresses and white gloves in public.

The Rev. Gerald Durley, a sharp-dressed civil rights activist in Atlanta, recalls taking his future wife, Muriel, on their first date. When he showed up at her house, her father opened the door, looked at him, and took him aside gravely, “Young man can I talk to you for a minute.”

“He told me, 'If you’re going to take my daughter out, you can wear one of my ties,'” says Durley, a retired Baptist pastor.

Jennifer Fulwiler, who wrote an article for the National Catholic Register titled, “Why Don’t We Dress up Anymore,” says her great-grandfather would put on a coat and tie just to go grocery shopping.

The reasons why people stopped dressing up could fill a book. Yet Fulwiler offers one explanation that’s seldom mentioned – lack of gratitude.

Fulwiler’s revelation came one day as she watched scruffily dressed people board a plane. She flashed back to a black-and-white photo she had seen of her grandparents boarding a plane in the 1940s. Most of the passengers were dressed in suits and ties and dresses because air travel was such a privilege at the time.

“We dress up for what we’re grateful for,” she says. “We’re such a wealthy, spoiled culture that we feel like we have a right to fly on airplanes,” says Fulwiler, author of “Something Other than God,” which details her journey from atheism to Christianity.

Church is like air travel now – it’s no longer a big deal because people have lost their sense of awe before God, Fulwiler says.

Yet some of these same people who say it doesn’t matter how you dress for church would change their tune if they were invited to another event, Fulwiler says.

“If you had the opportunity to meet the Queen of England, you wouldn’t show up in at Windsor Castle wearing jeans and a T-shirt,” she says.

The church customer is always king

Shouldn’t people have that same reverential attitude when they show up at church to meet God, some ask? After all, doesn’t your dress reveal the importance you attach to an occasion?


Just what do you mean, 'dress festively'?

That sentiment, however, is seen as hopelessly old school in many popular megachurches across America. Casual Fridays has morphed into casual Sundays.

And many of the popular megachurch pastors are middle-aged men who bound onto the stage each Sunday dressed in skinny jeans, untucked Banana Republic shirts, and backed by in-house Christian rock bands. They’ve perfected a “seeker-friendly” approach to church that gets rid of the old formal worship style with its stuffy dress codes.

But there’s a danger in making people too comfortable in their clothes on Sunday morning, says Constance M. Cherry, an international lecturer on worship and a hymn writer.

Some churches have embraced a business-oriented “the customer is always right” approach to worship that places individual comfort at the center of Sunday service, says Cherry, author of“Worship Architect: A Blueprint for Designing Culturally Relevant and Biblically Faithful Services.”

“Many young people and boomers judge the value of worship service based on personal satisfaction,” Cherry says. “If I get to wear flip-flops to Wal-Mart, then I get to wear flip-flops to church. If I get to carry coffee to work, I get to carry coffee to church. They’re being told that come as you are means that God wants you to be comfortable.”

What the Bible says

The Bible says that’s not true – people had to prepare themselves internally and externally for worship.

In the Old Testament, Jewish people didn’t just “come as they are” to the temple in Jerusalem. They had to undergo purification rituals and bathe in pools before they could enter the temple, says Cherry, who is also a professor of worship at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Both Old and New Testaments suggest that people should not approach God in a casual manner, Cherry says. Psalms 24 urges the faithful to “ascend the hill of the Lord …with clean hands and pure hearts.”

When Jesus taught in the synagogues, he also observed the rules and decorum of being in God’s house, Cherry says.

Cherry isn’t calling for a restoration of first-century cultural norms, such as women covering their hair in worship, or a rigid dress code. She says churches should meet people where they are, and make even the poorest person feel welcome.

She just says that preparation for worship should give less thought to people and more thought to the divine.

“There should be some sort of approach to God that will include certain steps to honor the God that is not our buddy but fully The Other,” she says.

Others back up Cherry’s call to keep the Sabbath special. Dressing up really makes a difference on Sunday, they say.

“It puts you in a different mindset,” says Tiffany Adams, a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who grew up wearing jeans in church. “It actually sets the Sabbath apart from every other day.”

And there are still pockets of church culture where no one has to persuade people to look sharp on Sunday.

The African-American church is one such place. Many of its members still insist on dressing up on Sunday because of the historical struggles of blacks. Sunday morning was often the only time in the week that a black person could assert their dignity, says Durley, the Atlanta civil rights activist who also is a retired Baptist pastor.

“On Sunday morning, when you put on your tie, your shirt and put your palms together and slicked down your hair, you were no longer the hired help, you were a trustee, a deacon or you chaired this board and you dressed accordingly,” Durley says.

What would Jesus wear?

There are others, though, who say God cares more about the person’s soul than their style. No one wears a bracelet today asking, “What would Jesus wear.” Clothes just weren’t important to Jesus or the early church, they claim.

The early church was anti-hierarchical and adopted a “come as you are” approach to worship, welcoming outcasts and the disenfranchised who often couldn’t dress in fine clothes, says Carl Raschke, a religious studies professor at the University of Denver.

Raschke cites Mark 12:38, where Jesus mocks the fine clothes worn by the Pharisees, a group of elite Jewish religious leaders of his day.

Others cite James 2:2-4, where the writer of the New Testament book criticizes early Christians for discriminating against poor people visiting the church in dirty clothes and favoring the man “wearing a gold ring and fine clothes.”

“Adopting a dress code would not only be suicidal for American Christians who are swimming against the stream of casual secularism, it would be antithetical to what Christianity sees increasingly as its abiding mission – to reach those who are marginalized and ‘don’t fit in,’ ‘’ Raschke says.

Some people, though, remain convinced that casual Sundays are getting too sloppy.

“The casualness of Sunday church attire has gone too far,” says DeBonville, the pastor of the Massachusetts church. “It’s about respect and honoring God.”

When DeBonville looks across the scruffy fashion landscape of America, he sees only one profession that’s holding the line against tacky dress.

It’s not the preachers or priests, though. These people belong to another profession whose members aren’t exactly known for respect and honoring God.

“The last ones wearing shirt and ties are the politicians,” DeBonville says.

Easter is supposed to be about the renewal of hope, but when asked if the spread of sloppy Sabbath can get any worse, DeBonville sounds gloomy. Yoga pants in the pews, pajamas near the altar – will everyone soon start showing up at church dressed like “the Dude” in the film, “The Big Lebowski.”

Nothing would surprise DeBonville anymore.

“There’s growing casualness everywhere,” he says. “I don’t know if it can get much worse.”

- CNN Writer

Filed under: Bible • Christianity • Church • Easter

soundoff (1,006 Responses)
  1. Krista

    I rather attend a church whose goal is to preach to people's hearts and not their suits and dresses. This article is totally ridiculous. I work at a church, full time, and most days I wear jeans – as does the bulk of our staff, including the lead pastor. It's Easter Sunday and I'll be wearing jeans to our outdoor Easter service. And I'm ok with that because my heart is seeing God.

    April 20, 2014 at 9:04 am |
    • whippstippler7

      "My heart is seeing God"

      Oooh, that sounds very, very creepy. Sort of like a Pan's Labyrinth creepy – you know, with the thing with eyes in the palms of its hand. Now picture a heart with eyes! Ick! Would the eyes bulge out the heart beats? And would you need transparent skin and ribs and muscle so that the heart can see out of the body cavity?

      April 20, 2014 at 9:11 am |
      • saggyroy

        That would be intelligent design.

        April 20, 2014 at 9:15 am |
      • Krista

        Oh my goodness. The internet is full of trolls if you want to talk about creepy things!

        April 22, 2014 at 1:54 am |
  2. Ben Jackson

    Who cares? If you're a person of faith whose minister tells you that your deity of choice cares whether or not you can afford/choose to wear dressy Sunday clothes, then perhaps you should explore a faith that cares about deeper spiritual matters more than how crisply pressed your dockers happen to be.

    April 20, 2014 at 9:04 am |
  3. nhreader

    Be happy that people still go to church, nevermind what they wear.

    April 20, 2014 at 9:04 am |
    • saggyroy

      I can't be happy for people deluding themselves, and expecting or forcing everyone else to do the same.

      April 20, 2014 at 9:10 am |
  4. taxedmore

    God doesn't care what you wear – he is too bust creating the sick and needy.

    April 20, 2014 at 8:54 am |
    • saggyroy

      And helping athletes win the big game....

      April 20, 2014 at 8:58 am |
      • whippstippler7

        And actors – helping them with their careers. Apparently God's big on that, too.

        April 20, 2014 at 9:01 am |
  5. chiniquy

    “We dress up for what we’re grateful for.” I disagree. You dress up for what you think is important. Obviously many Christians (and also some of the members of other religious communities) don't see their religion as something important and valuable.

    April 20, 2014 at 8:53 am |
    • saggyroy

      God apparently takes attendance.

      April 20, 2014 at 8:55 am |
      • ausphor

        sag...
        I don't know about god but I used to get a gold star at Sunday School for attendance because my mother dragged the kids along every week. It wasn't until I was eleven that I told my dad, who never went, that I didn't want to go anymore that I escaped.

        April 20, 2014 at 9:11 am |
        • saggyroy

          I was thinking "Big Bang Theory" when Amy Farrah Fowler says "I don't object to the concept of a deity, but I'm baffled by the notion of one that takes attendance."

          April 20, 2014 at 9:22 am |
        • saggyroy

          I was also a gold star Catholic, now I look back and feel that I was a good little robot. I have not come out fully as an atheist to my parents, although I think they suspect. I am still culturally a Catholic.

          April 20, 2014 at 9:29 am |
        • blessed137

          Sag, I see what you mean by robotic. Although not really funny because i affects people lives but I can see the humor of which your speaking. I attended Catholic services when I was an atheist, due to my former job of caregiving for someone. The alter boys defiantly appeared to be in a trance. Something isnt it. You left the church an atheist. I went in an atheist, left a believer. The pastor there was different, and i connected to the person of Christ. I left the Catholic church because it wasnt were I needed to be spiritually. That denomination, to me, is like being in prison. Hope this doesnt offend you, but I can see why alot of people are leaving. Religion is cruel.

          April 20, 2014 at 10:18 am |
      • chiniquy

        It is not about The Creator taking attendance, but how a person feels about the event they are attending. As the article stated if they were to meet the Queen (or some other so-called important person) they would dress for the occasion. Many so-called religious people today don't care how they dress when they visit their place of worship because they don't view the Creator with reverence.

        April 20, 2014 at 9:36 am |
        • gma85253

          I agree with you, chiniquy, a well-dressed (in the manner of the day) person is showing SELF RESPECT. Go ahead, wear "grubby" clothes out in public. And I will judge you, as I personally don't care to include those who don't respect themselves in my circle. If I don't judge people, how will I know who to steer clear of? "Yeah, he is wearing a prison jumpsuit, but I'm sure he's a great guy..."

          April 20, 2014 at 10:38 am |
        • igaftr

          gma
          How sad your self worth, or your perceived self worth of others is based on such a shallow cosmetic insignificant thing as what someone is wearing.

          April 20, 2014 at 10:44 am |
        • midwest rail

          If you readjust your pince-nez, you'll have the proper angle to look down your nose at others.

          April 20, 2014 at 10:44 am |
        • gma85253

          You might be missing my point...I'm not judging on the cosmetics of the person's clothing, I am judging on the manner of self respect that person is showing for themselves

          April 20, 2014 at 11:04 am |
        • igaftr

          and you are missing the point. Now all people have their self worth tied to the costume they externally wear.

          If I am wearing nothing but a loin cloth, and leading a group of people that are completely blind, does it matter?

          How is judging what others do, tied with YOUR value as a person?
          How is whatever I am wearing having any effect on my anilities or how I treat others?

          Perhaps you can learn a lot from a blind man....you can see that what one wears is completely insignificant.

          April 20, 2014 at 11:09 am |
        • gma85253

          I am not judging on what people "do", I never said that. What a person DOES in their costume of choice is a completely different discussion.

          April 20, 2014 at 11:20 am |
        • gma85253

          Oh, and self worth and self respect are two completely different things

          April 20, 2014 at 11:22 am |
  6. glades2

    I've been guilty of that myself but not today – just arrived home from Mass and everyone looked presentable to my eyes – what I did notice was the large crowd – one tragedy after another in the news seems to have stirred people and made them realize God is not to be ignored – a Happy Easter to everyone here...

    April 20, 2014 at 8:53 am |
    • whippstippler7

      Sooo – ignoring god lead to the ferry disaster in South Korea? Wow – that's a nasty god you have there!

      April 20, 2014 at 8:56 am |
    • ellabulldog

      but why the large crowd today and not next week? a lot of fakers today I would guess

      April 20, 2014 at 11:53 am |
  7. whippstippler7

    This is SO childish. Judging based on what a person wears. But then again, the entire concept of religion is childish: believing in make-believe stories. Why is it that children can give up their belief in Santa Claus and yet believers can't give up their belief in an even less probably mythological figure?

    April 20, 2014 at 8:46 am |
  8. blessed137

    Ive never read a specific dress code in the new testament. It does say everything you do, do it unto the lord. If a person wants to dress well or not that is between them and God. We are to love the person and be concerned about their spiritual needs. Some people may be dealing with something and for them just showing up is most important for them. The clothes are not as important as the person. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33

    April 20, 2014 at 8:42 am |
    • saggyroy

      I'm sure someone can find something about a dress code. Oh yeah, don't mix fabrics. Not sure of the chapter and verse. OT I believe, but Jesus didn't want the law changed.

      April 20, 2014 at 8:50 am |
      • blessed137

        Yes in the old testament under the law there was ordinances like the one you mentioned. In the new testament it says that we are to dress modestly, but i was referring to specific dress code like dont wear flip flops, etc..But thank you for pointing that out.

        April 20, 2014 at 8:57 am |
        • saggyroy

          But I don't know any place of worship that specifically does that, except maybe Mosques or Synogogues.

          April 20, 2014 at 9:09 am |
  9. shana4046

    our beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. (NIV, 1 Peter 3:2-5)

    April 20, 2014 at 8:37 am |
  10. saggyroy

    Men used to wear Fedora's to baseball games too. Just sayin'

    April 20, 2014 at 8:35 am |
    • ausphor

      sag...
      TV Evangelist preachers, the successful ones, have a uniform, $2000 Armani suit, $250 shirt, $100 tie, $500 calf leather shoes; they are just trying to keep up with all those gold embroidered gowns worn by other religions.

      April 20, 2014 at 8:51 am |
      • saggyroy

        Someone once said, and I am not sure if was Hitchens – 'To become a millionaire in America, all you need is to memorize a couple dozen bible verses, a nice suit, and get a microphone.'

        April 20, 2014 at 8:54 am |
        • ssq41

          And if you are blessed with the charisma of a used car salesman.

          April 20, 2014 at 8:57 am |
        • saggyroy

          I'm not sure you need to be blessed with anything except the desire to fleece desperate people.

          April 20, 2014 at 9:00 am |
        • ausphor

          The one good thing you can say about Jimmy Swaggart is he never ripped off the girls, he always paid well.

          April 20, 2014 at 9:02 am |
        • ssq41

          Good point...desperation is an overwhelming force.

          April 20, 2014 at 9:02 am |
        • ssq41

          @ausphor....and he's still going strong on his own cable/sat channel. And follks are still giving him millions.

          April 20, 2014 at 9:04 am |
        • saggyroy

          And if you are truly blessed, you just know it comes from God. My brother in law was blessed with pancreatic cancer.

          April 20, 2014 at 9:06 am |
        • whippstippler7

          @ saggy – sorry to hear about your BIL, but that reminds me of the picture of a sick little boy with cancer, with the caption: God answers boy's prayers to cure his cancer. God says NO.

          April 20, 2014 at 9:14 am |
        • ssq41

          sag...pancreatic is one of the more horrible forms...thoughts go out to you and him...

          @ whip...Ian McEwan wrote an amazing piece in honor of Chris Hitchens in the NYTimes just after he died...he says something similar in his second paragraph:

          "This [Oncology center] is one of the world’s great concentrations of medical expertise and technology. Its highest building denies the possibility of a benevolent god — a neon sign proclaims from its roof a cancer hospital for children. "

          April 20, 2014 at 9:23 am |
  11. colin31714

    Easter Sunday. The culmination of the Christian belief that a being powerful enough to create the entire Universe and its billions of galaxies impregnated a Greco-Roman Jewish virgin with himself to give birth to himself and then sacrifice himself to himself to forgive the 'original sin" of a couple we now all know never existed.

    April 20, 2014 at 8:33 am |
    • saggyroy

      Easter Sunday is also the day of celebrating a bloody human sacrifice by giving children baskets of candy.

      April 20, 2014 at 8:37 am |
    • kerrypenn49

      So Sad......and what's with "WE"? Got a mouse in your pocket?
      I believe, love and trust in Jesus. The bible is not wrong, we just misinterpret what it says.
      I know that the only true happiness is to know and love Jesus.

      April 20, 2014 at 8:41 am |
      • colin31714

        Yes, I should have been more specific. By "we" I mean those who can understand fifth grade science.

        April 20, 2014 at 8:44 am |
      • whippstippler7

        @ kerry: of course we're just misinterpreting what the bible says! of course! if it says something that, read literally, is crazy, we're misinterpreting it. Like saying rabbits chew their cud, or bats are birds. NO, no, no – we're misinterpreting it. Silly Leviticus! Or when god in Samuel commands the slaughter of all of the men, women, children, BABIES, and farm animals. Again – silly misinterpretation.

        April 20, 2014 at 8:54 am |
      • igaftr

        "only true happiness is to know and love Jesus"

        Absolutely absurd. I have true happiness in my life, and yet I have no delusions of deities.

        April 20, 2014 at 8:55 am |
        • ssq41

          Having been an Evangelical Christian for the first 3 decades of my life and a visitor now in their churches and homes, I am impressed at how miserable so many of them are despite their "outward" appearance and demand that their walk with God is the ultimate measure of "happiness."

          April 20, 2014 at 9:12 am |
    • scottwelton

      Well thought post. Many agree with your thinking, as do I. In my opinion, most of the biblical stories are misinterpreted and misrepresented by the church. Many answers to people alienated by the church can be found in A Course in Miracles.

      April 20, 2014 at 9:51 am |
  12. Leigh Binder

    Nothing like a little opium on Sunday, and really, does one need to get "dressed" for an outing of opium intake?
    Get real, not only do you not need to go to church to find God but in the end it (In most cases) hinders the journey.

    Get over it and really CNN, is the best you can do? Is there nothing else going on? Okay, lets play, its Easter, whats more important, what you wear or the message of resurrection (for me, more powerful then the crucifixion) and eternal life? But

    Christians love their blood and guts, just ask Mel.

    So yes, put some nice clothes on damit, and a fine bonnet, yell at the homeless guy on the street to "get a job" on your way to worship your guilt and dont forget to hide those eggs!

    Yes, wasn't one of J's miracles at the wedding at Cana never ending eggs?
    LMAO!!!

    April 20, 2014 at 8:30 am |
  13. gumbythecat

    If god existed, he wouldn't care what you wear to church. those are petty human social concerns, and the fact that it seems to be such an important issue would indicate that churches are more about people than about god.

    April 20, 2014 at 8:18 am |
    • saggyroy

      But that is only YOUR version of God. There are as many versions of the nature of God as there are people.

      April 20, 2014 at 8:23 am |
      • saggyroy

        oh yeah, and God seems to agree with all of them.

        April 20, 2014 at 8:24 am |
    • Reality

      Churches, temples, mosques? Buildings where mostly men earn a living preaching a con from outdated singular books. Time to "pink slip" the preachers and convert the buildings to recreation facilities, parks or parking garages.

      April 20, 2014 at 8:27 am |
    • kerrypenn49

      Ones relationship with GOD, is entirely between them and GOD.
      I personally do not believe GOD cares what you're wearing when you worship him.
      But I do believe that WE should care and show respect by our dress code.
      If you know Jesus and have a relationship with Jesus, you can't but not love and honor him, for he truly loves us.

      April 20, 2014 at 8:36 am |
      • saggyroy

        Jesus and God are more 'love me or else you'll be really sorry for eternity'.

        April 20, 2014 at 8:40 am |
      • whippstippler7

        @ kerry: "show respect by your dress code"??? Really? A dress code is entirely subjective and arbitrary – so what if you choose the wrong one? What if your dress code is 1850's London? 3000 BC China?

        Absurd.

        April 20, 2014 at 8:58 am |
        • saggyroy

          Awesome! I would go with 2415 Earth Colony Nebulon.

          April 20, 2014 at 9:04 am |
    • christiancop

      God does exist and all the rest that you wrote is....."Spot On". I am a strong Christian and I wear flip flops because Jesus did.

      April 20, 2014 at 9:04 am |
      • whippstippler7

        And I drown pigs because Jesus did.

        April 20, 2014 at 9:07 am |
        • saggyroy

          It would be fun to go to one of these mega church events and turn over the "money changers tables"

          April 20, 2014 at 9:44 am |
        • ssq41

          Naw...both you and Jesus would either be killed outright by the pastor or a congregants concealed weapon...

          or, as is the case with the televangelists/mega church pastors, you would be tased/beaten by their private security.

          April 20, 2014 at 9:49 am |
        • saggyroy

          Think of the publicity.

          April 20, 2014 at 9:51 am |
  14. ibenzawla

    What would you expect from CNN really? Its a church not a night club and the God they follow just doesn't care about worldly stuff but the mind of the person inside them. Not that I'm a Christian but dressing should be clean and simple as far as going to church is concerned.

    April 20, 2014 at 8:17 am |
  15. nobsrealestatemarketing

    GIve it a break CNN. Go find a sad, lonely, disgruntled clergy person, press them on an issue and write the story. Sick and sad. See you in worship this morning. I will be the guy with flip flops, jeans and coffee, oh and the guy who is LOVED BY THE RISEN SAVIOR!

    April 20, 2014 at 8:17 am |
    • whippstippler7

      YES! Jesus SAVES!

      Oh, but Gretzky get the rebound and sticks it in the top corner!

      April 20, 2014 at 8:59 am |
  16. kerose98

    This is ridiculous! I have been a church organist for 30 years and I do see people dressing up all the time, but the churches I serve would never, ever turn someone away for not being dressed properly. I usually wear a suit (including jacket and tie) to church, and then slip into a robe to play the organ. Even so, that is what I am most comfortable with. What do I think if someone shows up to church dressed casually? At least they thought of God. By the way, the Episcopal Church I attend is a growing congregation with lots of young families and is very progressive. Happy Easter! Hallelujah!

    April 20, 2014 at 8:17 am |
    • ausphor

      ker....
      Shake it up a bit this Easter Sunday, play Procol Harum's, A Whiter Shade of Pale. Thanks.

      April 20, 2014 at 8:29 am |
      • G to the T

        "In the Garden of Eden" ala Bart Simpson?

        April 20, 2014 at 8:47 am |
  17. chocula187

    If you care what people wear to church, you're doing it wrong.

    April 20, 2014 at 8:17 am |
    • saggyroy

      And if you are condemning people to hell because their lifestyle does not suit you, or do not believe as you do, you are also doing it wrong.

      April 20, 2014 at 8:46 am |
  18. saggyroy

    I was Catholic before I became an atheist. I studied the Catholic Bible, the history of the church, and its catechism. Upon visiting the Catholic Answers website, and see people argue about what kind of sins God hates most, and if you could wear shorts to church or not. These were the things that chipped away at my religiosity until I realized what a bunch of woo woo it all is.

    April 20, 2014 at 8:17 am |
  19. Woody

    "When he scans the pews of churches, DeBonville sees rows of people dressed in their Sunday worst." – CNN article

    Note the picture accompanying the article. I see rows and rows of empty pews. This seems to be typical in many parts of the country. This is the problem churches should be worried about, not what the believers are wearing. It seems as if the cash cow is dying.

    April 20, 2014 at 8:16 am |
    • saggyroy

      One of my church memories is 3 ladies that sat in front of me once. For the entire mass, they talked about, or made fun of everyone else's clothes, gossiped about people they knew, and discussed where to go for brunch. This lasted the entire mass.

      April 20, 2014 at 8:20 am |
  20. jonasmcgreggor

    I wonder if heaven has a dress code.

    April 20, 2014 at 8:12 am |
    • saggyroy

      My heaven would be a place with sawdust on the floor, iced long necks and peanuts in the shell. Why would I have to dress up for that?

      April 20, 2014 at 8:44 am |
      • whippstippler7

        Well, how about if the waitresses in your heaven have a certain dress code? I'm picturing such a dress code right now!

        April 20, 2014 at 9:18 am |
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