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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

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  1. jamesroyalty05

    We must break this down to properly look at it. The first question I would ask is, should you give God your least or your most if you are saved? And I say this specifically pointing toward God because its not about impressing the other people in the congregation with your dress at all that you come to church, or at least it shouldn't be, it should be that you have a relationship with God and that you know that He deserves your best. After all He gave His all. That is the issue I see with people that already have a relationship with Him. For those who don't it can't be expected that they would give God their all because most likely their hearts are not in the right place. They most likely haven't surrendered their lives to Jesus. So I could see where there could be exception to those who haven't done that, but when you give your heart to Jesus its to say you are giving Him your all, that would be the reason for dressing up in a non flamboyant but yet formal attire for me, is to show God reverence when He is your KING. You wouldn't show up to a meeting with an Earthly king or queen in your least attire, why would you show up with a meeting with your heavenly King in any less?

    April 20, 2014 at 11:00 am |
    • otoh2

      I thought that your "God" was *everywhere*. How can "he" be *more* there in a certain building or collection of people?

      You dress for the other people. It seems as if the slobs put a damper on some people's communal godgasms though.

      April 20, 2014 at 11:33 am |
  2. lanfryd

    I really have no problem with people dressing casually for worship; some people have to go through the week wearing a uniform or business attire and want to relax. That's what the Sabbath is for. But people using that mindset have allowed themselves to become outright slovenly in their appearance. Those who are gathered for worship don't need to see someone's underarm hair, butt crack or toenail fungus.

    April 20, 2014 at 10:51 am |
  3. hgisfm

    Our new pastor to the presbyterian church came dressed in a priest's collar for some time. Then he attended a mega church and started dressing in Blue Jeans and sweatshirt with a wireless mic hanging from his ear. People were confused and it split the church regarding his dress and for a long time he would not compromise. He finally compromised to wear a robe on communion Sundays.
    1 Samuel 16:7 God does look at the heart; but people do look at the outward appearance. Since we are unable to look at a person's heart, we do look at the outward appearance and behavior that gives hint of what is in the heart. Is the heart reverent or flippant toward almighty God?
    Jesus was never criticized for "inappropriate" dress in the temple so he likely did not wear the same outfit as John the Baptist in the desert. Paul does criticize some women for coming to church dressed like harlots.

    April 20, 2014 at 10:47 am |
    • adrieltavel

      So, are you saying that what we wear in public is something that people use to try and determine what's in other people's hearts? That's what it sounds like. With the exception of some slogan t-shirts, a man's clothing is not an adequate indicator of what he holds in his or her heart.

      April 20, 2014 at 10:50 am |
      • hgisfm

        no, the pastor of the mega churches dress causal along with their members but the words they speak, their love for others and their praise of God all show what is in their heart. But when a pastor first comes with a priest's collar then serves communion in blue jeans and sweatshirt to members dressed in ties and suits and refused to understand the difficulty they are having with context, the outer appearance is making it hard for the members to determine what is in the heart.

        April 20, 2014 at 5:06 pm |
  4. HenryMiller

    "On Easter, a holy day for Christians, are we likely to see holey jeans..."

    I'd think it would be appropriate to find holy jeans...

    April 20, 2014 at 10:46 am |
  5. adrieltavel

    I have to apologize to anyone who may have read the first comment i posted. It was posted as a comment to this article without me having posted it myself. Thanks for the [No] help CNN. I'm not sure what really happened though. So, I'm going to go through and streamline my comment now. Please reread what i wrote after i post it the second time.

    Well, let me ask this question first in response to this article: do you think that God cares more or less about whether or not people attend church than God cares about what the attendees wear? I would be willing to bet that God would rather have lots of people in the pews who were only casually dressed more than he would prefer to see a smaller number of well-dressed attendees present.

    While I understand the arguments for a return to a more formal style of dress for certain activities such as attending a church service (especially on holy days like Easter) or going out to dinner anywhere nicer than McDonald’s, dressing up is a rarity these days. Not the norm. Men no longer wear suits as every day attire and women no longer wear formal clothing as their typical outfit in public, either.

    But the college student “I just got out of the pool, dried off and threw my shirt and sandals on” look is as casual as one should ever really be. Even when it’s only McDonald's. Casual is Ok. Since the overwhelming majority of people are not rich and other classes of people have disappeared or are actively disappearing, such as the upper middle-class, the middle-class and the lower middle-class, our energies need to be directed in a much more constructive direction instead of wasting time and energy discussing contemporary style of fashion.

    In this country, we have a lot of poor. There are some people who are Ok monetarily but not rich and then you have the rich, who are a very small fraction of the totally population that control upwards of of all land and natural resources if many areas. All of the members of these groups tend to dress very casually these days. This tend may be a direct result of the disillusion of class barriers. The rich want to look normal and be treated that way, for the mostpart... Just blend in, really. Besides, several of the richest people in the world today didn't go to college, didn't come from money, worked hard and made something of themselves. By maintaining a casual attire, it harkens back to their origins. It grounds them.

    Lastly, the poor have the fewest means of any of these groups. Suits and dresses are not cheap clothing items. So, to state that, by not dressing up, is a sign off disrespect towards other churchgoers and God. Well, that seems to me to be a shortsighted, ignorant viewpoint.

    Other people argue in this article that dressing up is a sign of respect towards God since churchgoers are entering God's house. Since God only discusses clothing a couple of times in the bible, we have limited information on what God's thoughts on clothes are. However, one store that may ha ave a bearing on this situation is the story I mentioned earlier: Adam and Eve. Remember back to the beginning of Genesis when Adam and Eve were in the garden of Eden. They were nude and didn't have a care in the world. They only ended up covering their bodies after eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. When God saw them covering themselves, He asked them what they were doing. God wasnt terribly pleased to learn the answer, but He also loved his children and all of his creations. So, Adam and Eve got the proverbial, biblical slap on the wrist.

    Well, considering that human beings were naked when created and we know that being nude was the state that God intended man to live in perpetually, we have to wonder if the original plan was long-term. And, whether we would still be walking around everywhere naked had we not been tempted? Possibly. Who knows. Basically, I could see God being pleased with a worldwide return to our natural state (nudity included) and humanity living as God hoped for for us, or actually had laid out as the plan for us before other forces came into play.

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

      I take it you just typed this out in the nude ?

      April 20, 2014 at 11:10 am |
  6. kinaalvarez

    This is front page news for Easter Sunday....Happy Easter!

    April 20, 2014 at 10:44 am |
  7. mistressthing69

    So many people don't go to church because they will be judged on how they dress. So many people DO go to church ONLY to show off what they're wearing. This article is ridiculous. More people would probably go to church if they didn't feel they had to look like they just came out of Macy's with a new formal wardrobe.

    April 20, 2014 at 10:42 am |
    • kinaalvarez

      Let's be honest. Most people that don't go to church because they simply don't want to. That's the truth. All this article did is give an excuse to not go or justify why they do not go and to perpetuate the hypocrisy perspective. Most people don't realize that people in church don't sit there and wonder why they are not in church. Most people go to church because it is in their heart to make this a priority and it's a personal choice.

      April 20, 2014 at 10:47 am |
      • igaftr

        "Most people go to church because it is in their heart to make this a priority and it's a personal choice"

        When I ask those of my friends that still go to church, all of them said it was for appearances, not belief. The only ones I know that go for beliefs sake are over 60.

        April 20, 2014 at 10:52 am |
        • kinaalvarez

          When people make statements about their friends, I always wonder exactly how many friends is that because truly it cannot be representative of the majority of a church. I taught science for many years, and statements like that do not encompass all of Christianity and I am sure you understand that. Neither do statements that most people there are over 60. We have three services for the general population and then there are services for the teens and little kids. They are all packed. And I would also like to tell you that Christianity is not perfection. It is a journey and everyone there is at different stages in the relationship with Christ. It really doesn't make sense to say that everyone there is there because of how they look or because they are over 60. Surely, it is true that some only come during Christmas and holidays, and they do dress nice. That, however, hardly represents the whole of Christianity.

          April 20, 2014 at 11:14 am |
        • igaftr

          I wasn't speaking for anyone but myself, and those around me that attend church.
          I personally attend services more regularly than most of my christian friends because I have an elderly aunt who instists on going, so I take her.
          I do not participate in the rituals, for I find them distastful and repugnant. I hear them like robots the cleric says this, the robots say that, back and forth...mindless chanting that has long lost meaning.

          April 20, 2014 at 11:22 am |
      • Akira

        Let's be honest. It shouldn't matter what one wears to church, and since it appears that the attendees are spending more time tut-tutting what others wear, they're not there for any good reason, either.

        April 20, 2014 at 12:46 pm |
  8. megthedinoczar

    I thought Christians weren't supposed to judge...

    April 20, 2014 at 10:39 am |
    • mistressthing69

      Exactly. That's all the majority of them do, though.

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

        I have to stand up for my fellow Christians here. Let me just say that I have been in church regularly for almost 12 years now. In those twelve years no one, and I do mean, no one has ever discussed with me how to dress. In addition, no one has ever "judged me" or rejected me because of what I word. There are several thousand members in my church with 3 services and again, that has never happened. It very well may be that you have not been there for some time, and you, too, are judging...all of them unfortunately as is indicated by your statement. Anyway, Happy Easter.

        April 20, 2014 at 11:06 am |
        • mistressthing69

          You are CLUELESS. They don't judge you to your face, it's all a show. You're probably one of those people who get ripped apart when you're not in the room. Lol!

          April 20, 2014 at 12:47 pm |
    • marsinsect

      BINGO!

      April 20, 2014 at 11:08 am |
  9. p2yu

    Totally bias article fuels bias for Christianity. Today is Easter and the only thing to talk about is dress code? I have been a Christian for a long time and I have never heard of a church requiring dress code in my area; if they want to survive that is. If we see a newcomer we jump in joy we have no time to care about what they wear. In defense of CNN, finding an article writing something unbias on CNN regarding Christianity is as rare as finding an article writing some unbias about Obama on Foxnews,

    April 20, 2014 at 10:31 am |
    • kinaalvarez

      Exactly. I have been in church for many, many years and no one has ever asked me about how I am dressed or not dressed As far as judging, its been my experience that many people judge others whether they are Christian or not.

      April 20, 2014 at 10:51 am |
  10. laceydon

    We dress for the occasion. It may be more casual than in the past, but we still typically don't dress down for an appointment with the President. If we don't have a suit and tie or a dressy dress, we do wear something that represents our respect for the occasion. Going to church, of course, is not a fashion show. We don't dress to impress others or put down those who don't have the finery we have. But we don't come in dirty work clothes either.

    Best advice: Be respectful. God doesn't care about clothes, but he does care about your heart.

    April 20, 2014 at 10:30 am |
  11. idiotusmaximus

    Stop dressing so tacky for church..............

    You want tacky go back 2000 years and take a good look at how TACKY PEOPLE DRESSED....and they went to churches....during the middle ages the peasants wore rags and never bathed so get off you phony high horse.

    April 20, 2014 at 10:27 am |
    • Quasihedron

      The reason there is incense in the Catholic Church rituals was to stifle the BO from the parishioners some 800 or so years ago.

      "Practically, incense was used in the temple to cover the smell of the animals being slaughtered for sacrifice. Again in the medieval times, incense was used in churches to cover the smell of body odor from the people."

      above quote from website: saintcatherinestl(dot)org/
      St. Catherine of Siena American National Catholic Church (ANCC) is an all embracing parish community of the American National Catholic Church. St. Catherine’s is a new faith community in the Catholic tradition which embraces all into full participation in the sacramental life of the church.

      April 20, 2014 at 10:40 am |
  12. info2222222

    what's this, Christians wanting to control others and sitting in judgement – say it ain't so

    April 20, 2014 at 10:25 am |
  13. helrazor

    It's this type of hypocrisy that makes me thankful to be an Atheist on this Easter Sunday. Coming before the Lord with clean hands and a pure heart has nothing to do with taking a shower and dressing nice, and you would think a pastor would be able to interpret it as so. This is the same mentality of a bully judging kids at school for how they dress or look rather than the content of their character. If this pastor put more effort into building a church of acceptance rather than Project Runway, he wouldn't be staring at half emply pews.

    April 20, 2014 at 10:20 am |
    • Quasihedron

      The old saying "Cleanliness is next to Godliness" is nowhere to be found in the Christian scriptures.
      That brings God down to Earth pretty close to the clean hypocrites, and still they cannot see their imaginary friends.
      Good logic is amazing.

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

      I am curious how you would know about coming before the lord if you are an atheist?

      April 20, 2014 at 11:18 am |
  14. movingmydirection

    A Pastor for whom I have tremendous respect spoke on this topic many years ago. She asked if Jesus "dressed up" when he preached. Yes she admitted he wore the style of clothes for the time. But his message was much more important than his clothes. Would you turn Jesus away because he is not wearing a pressed white shirt, tie and suit . Dressing up is a sign of respect instilled by society, living in the way Christ teaches should take precedence. Don't recall a dress code being mentioned in the Bible, unless we are taking about the fig leaf.

    April 20, 2014 at 10:19 am |
  15. fweioff

    Test 2.

    April 20, 2014 at 10:16 am |
    • midwest rail

      In all likelihood, you are running afoul of the infamous WordPress filter, that rejects even offending fragments of words, for example, the c.um in doc.ument.

      April 20, 2014 at 10:25 am |
  16. jamesroyalty05

    Sunday is not the original Sabbath. Its not the Sabbath of creation. Its not the Sabbath Jesus kept, and there is no proof in the Bible that its ever been changed. It was changed by the early church. So follow man, or follow God. Now its not necessarily wrong to worship God on Sunday or any day but don't ever refer to it as "God's Sabbath" because its not.

    April 20, 2014 at 10:14 am |
    • freedomnurse

      You are 100% correct. The Sabbath is the seventh day of the week, the day we call Saturday. There is no scripture in either the new or the old testament that provides any justification for honoring the Sun-day.

      April 22, 2014 at 4:44 am |
  17. ankenyman

    Young women wearing yoga pants to church (and anywhere in public) is extremely distracting. It's about like being naked from the waist down with black paint applied.

    April 20, 2014 at 10:13 am |
    • Quasihedron

      Are you then in favor of uniforms for everyone? ... er I mean burqas.

      April 20, 2014 at 10:47 am |
  18. generalnotsew

    This is the worst opinion piece ever! Way to alienate people from ever trying to experience church. That is half the problem for current members and people that may curious and want to see what it is all about. It isn't supposed to be a fashion show or a contest. Encouraging it intimidates potential newcomers because they are going to be afraid they are not doing it right. I think people should make an effort to be more dressed down. Then you can focus on the real reason why you are there instead of trying to impress the flock like you are in high school all over again. And I have seen plenty that try their hardest to outdo each other. Shouldn't you rather all that extra money blown om wardrobe be given to the church or the needy rather than a fashion show? The people that dress down are more likely to be there because they want to be rather than the person that could be modeling clothes for GQ. How fancy did Jesus dress when he preached? If he were to walk into your congregation you would call him a slob too. He would seriously be the worst dressed person in the church. what if you were to look out into your congregation and notice all the slobs were gone and never coming back? Would you be relieved? You would rather they lose God, as you would say, than to be bothered by their presence? The Christian church already looks bad enough to most people. You shouldn't try to damage it's reputation anymore.

    April 20, 2014 at 10:12 am |
    • jamesroyalty05

      We must break this down to properly look at it. The first question I would ask is, should you give God your least or your most if you are saved? And I say this specifically pointing toward God because its not about impressing the other people in the congregation at all that you come to church, or at least it shouldn't be, it should be that you have a relationship with God and that you know that He deserves your best. After all He gave His all. That is the issue I see with people that already have a relationship with Him. For those who don't its can't be expected that they would give God their all because most likely their hearts are not in the right place. They most likely haven't surrendered their lives to Jesus. So I could see where there could be exception to those who haven't done that, but when you give your heart to Jesus its to say you are giving Him your all, that would be the reason for dressing up for me, is to show God reverence when He is your KING. You wouldn't show up to a meeting with an Earthly king or queen in your least attire, why would you show up with a meeting with your heavenly King in any less?

      April 20, 2014 at 10:55 am |
    • kinaalvarez

      The article in my opinion is shortsighted because it is in the front page of the newspaper on Easter Sunday and the message is shallow. There are more important things to talk about on this day other than how to dress for church. With that said, I think that we would not object if we were reading an article on how to dress for a job interview. We always take offense when it is related to religion and more specifically, Christianity. All this article did is provide fuel for those who always attack on grounds of hypocrisy as if hypocrisy was exclusive to Christianity. I have read many, many remarks on CNN blogs about just general hypocrisy, but when it comes to Christianity, the comments seem to come out of no where. Easter Sunday is about the resurrection. That really is what the message truly should be about and not about dress code. I can, however, see why the article would talk about dress code. It's always easier to provide fodder for bashing Christianity than it is to provide a dialogue about a relationship with Christ.

      April 20, 2014 at 11:00 am |
      • Akira

        Newspaper?

        April 20, 2014 at 1:08 pm |
  19. clewiscell1clewis

    While on the topic of correcting misguided behavior, it should be noted that according to the Bible, the seventh day of the week is the Sabbath, not the first. There are no commandments instructing man to observe Sunday as a day of worship.

    April 20, 2014 at 10:10 am |
    • freedomnurse

      You are correct. The seventh-day of the week is the Sabbath. There is no where in the bible, neither the old nor the new testament that provides any justification for honoring the Sun-day.

      April 22, 2014 at 4:45 am |
  20. ratcity1

    god's seen you naked so does it really matter what you wear?

    April 20, 2014 at 10:07 am |
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