Last night the ladies class broke out in decision of dress at church.
The class is based on one of our elder's wife's book that she wrote and she is trying it out on us. She knew that this chapter is based on her opinion and expected discussion but I wonder if she expected what she got.
I was sitting toward the back of the class and the women at the front of the class got into the discussion and just about took over the class. It did seem that the older women (over 70) were close to the front of the class and those closer to my age range were nearer me. The teacher made the comment that when we come to church we should be dressed in our finest and not wearing flip-flops and holy jeans.
Now, anyone who has shopped lately know that flip-flops have become the hottest fashion statement among the young. Flip-flops are worn by brides, and prom queens and anyone who is anyone. College kids live in flip-flops both sexes although the girls flip-flops have more bling. What college kids call their finest is not what the over 70 crowd calls their finest. And you will never convince the young girls to wear those moo-moos that some older women wear any easier than convincing the older women to go out and get a tribal tatoo on the upper arms and butterflies tatoos on their ankles.
The real question is:
Does God care about what we are wearing to worship?
We are to dress modestly and that can be a concern. Even at church I have seen way too much "skin" above, below, and squeezing out the middle of their clothes on the girls and that is a major concern but not just for worship but for life in general.
God sees our hearts. What about our clothing at worship?
What does God think when the coal miner rushes in to worship before he has the opportunity to go to the house and clean up? What of his clothing? What of his heart?
Where do we put him to sit?
What of our college age students no longer under their parents supervision but coming to church dressed in their flip-flops and jeans and tees ? What of their hearts? Can they be of service to God? Does their attire interfere with their ability to worship?
What hinders YOUR worship?
When my ability to worship is hindered because the girl in front of me is wearing her jeans when I am wearing my bling maybe, my mind is on me instead of on God. I should come dressed to worship God not to parade my bling.
Maybe, we should be dressed in sackcloth and ashes.
*moo-moo: flowing full length gown with a rounded yoke around the neckline attaching yards and yards of fabric gathered at the yoke. Usually has a large hibiscus or tropical flower or bird appliqued on the yoke.
*bling: jewels and decorative adornment
*tribal tatoo: decorative pattern repeated in a band like a bracelet around the upper arm usually, sometimes, the wrist, ankle or finger.
*sackcloth and ashes: coarse cloth sometimes made of goat hair which is symbolic of an outward sign of mourning and humbling self before God. Person may have rolled in ashes to show how repentant or sorry they were.