I visited a church not too long ago where the folks were wearing cut off pants and flip flops during the Sunday worship service. I must say, that’s not my personal style, but whatever suits them is fine with me. Still, some people really get upset about that type of thing. They believe people should have more reverence for God. I agree wholeheartedly about the need to have reverence, but then again, I’m not sure a person’s choice of attire are an accurate indicator of what goes on in one’s heart. I noticed a guy dressed pretty well one day who obviously wasn’t enjoying the sermon or the music. After church, I asked him if he enjoyed himself. “Not really,” he replied. So I asked him why he came. “Well,” he said… “It’s Sunday isn’t it!” I know a lady who gets up three hours before church to do her hair, put on her make-up, and put on the “perfect outfit.” I guess all that’s fine, but I can’t help but wonder how much time she spends in prayer or in the Word before she heads out. Honestly, wouldn’t God rather have a person sitting in that pew wearing cut off jeans (or no makeup), but who was serious about worship? No matter what your attire, know that God searches the inner you… He’s more concerned about motive, and attitude. Legalism can point out sin, but it can never remove it!
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.” Jesus of Nazareth (Matthew 23:27-28)