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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

What's To Casual For Church?


The church of today  have "loosened up" there  rules and guidelines concerning what's proper dress for church....Now that's  Summer right around the corner.... And you have  many churches doing what's call dress down for the Summer (casual ).

I wondering how casual can the church get?  Now this church generation no  nothing but casual dressing  flip- flops, jeans and t-shirts... I've been in church all my life and grew up in a denomination that had some strict guidelines about dressing both in or out of the church building... I was brought up to not wear  pants to church, no sleeveless tops and that the  legs must be covered and no open toe shoes....I no longer embrace that strict rule of dress for church...But. there's definitely some casual  wear  that I deem in-appropriate and too casual  for the church: Any work-out gear  that may show imprints of the anatomy... It's too tight and body revealing...Any dress or shirt  that show too much  cleavage...Men in shorts!I don't like to see men with shorts on in church....There will be some who will take the casual dress to far.


Because I've   been train  to dress a certain way for the Sunday morning service....Dressing down during the summer is hard for  me  due to that  strict upbringing...Question: What would you consider  to casual dress  for a  Sunday Morning Worship? Is there any Biblical reason  women shouldn't  wear  pants in  church?
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  1. I don't think there's a Biblical reason for women not to wear pants in church that someone couldn't refute with the "we eat pork" argument.

    I think too casual is along the lines of what you said. Gym wear, things that are too tight, too short -- but those things are inappropriate for most places.

    I like that churches are embracing a more casual take on things. That was one of the things I LOVED about the church I grew up in. I think when it's a church-wide culture to "come as you are" it can help lessen some of the hypocritical stuff people claim keeps them away from church. If everyone's relaxed about what they wear then you can hope that people will be less focused on what Sister Martha's wearing and more on the Word.

    And that's why there are some things that are inappropriate for church. It's the same idea as why many schools have dress codes -- they don't want what students are wearing to detract from what students are learning.

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  2. I liked the old days of "wearing your Sunday best", and people and the kids looked really nice on Easter. Just beautiful.

    You know Anne, this entire nation has become a nation of slobs. You know who first said that to me? You'll never guess. My son. He must have 14.

    He'd noticed how stylish people are in Europe and Japan (from films and videos, not travels).

    "We're sloppy, compared to them," he said. "Americans lost their style."

    I have a billion pics from my parents, and he'd look them. They were always dressed nice in casual shots, not just the studio pics.

    Folks used to actually dress nice going to the mall or Home Depot. Some of these people look like just rolled out of bed.

    It's like the signs of wear and tear, and hmmmm, what's that word? Can't think of it now, but it's when is falling apart. It's like we hit our peak and on the slide down.

    That's just one view. I agree with A. Smith's too of the casual look being a strategy for getting more people back to church.

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  3. @A.Smith thanks for your comment...I agree with your comment and I am learning to embrace the idea more.

    @Kit thanks for your comment...You are so right...The black community once upon a time had great pride in how we looked especially on Sundays. Thanks for reminding me!

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  4. I just started to wear pants to church last year, and still feel uncomfortable in doing so.

    I feel sorry for people that never had parents to instill in them the value of dressing up and looking decent. In my current job I have to coach people on how to dress to obtain a job. Some actually have no clue.

    I know some older ladies that will not even go to church without their heads covered. And some churches in Philadelphia that will not allow makeup.
    I think without mine I probably would not be allowed to attend.

    Although my Mother and Grandmother are no longer here with me I thank them for all the values that they instilled in me at an early age.

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  5. The problem with today churches is we will do anything and everything just to bring membership in the house. When the church leaders employ worldly tactics that bring forth spiritual decay than our leaders need to be held accountable. I thank God for old school mothers and pastors,we were taught that appearance is everything. How can God bless you if you look like a mess? Casual dress is a smoke screen to help Pastor during the summer months where giving financially is at its lowest peak. (Vacations and holidays) Soon and very soon casual dress will be a 365 days of the year standard in the House of God.

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  6. I agree with Ranndmm. Churches are trying to recruit people anyway they can and they are bring about decay to the church by doing it. If God bless you with dresses and suits you should wear them. If you were blessed with only a pair of pants then wear that. People are loosening the reigns on what is right and wrong and it isn't doing anything but causing chaos and destruction. I saw a young woman wear a outfit that looked like she got it out of a prostitute's closet. I noticed she kept wearing these types of clothes. She did it because that church had broke down what was proper to wear. She was buying these types of clothes.

    The Bible tells a woman not to wear men clothes and a man not to wear women clothes. Pants started out as men attire.

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  7. (I a bit late to post on this topic but here I go)

    I use to live just outside of Washington D.C., and I would wear the pressed slacks, tie and dress shoes EVERY SUNDAY and I enjoyed it.

    About 2 years ago I moved to New Mexico, where the dress for church is VERY CASUAL. I didn't understand why until the summer arrived. I quickly learned how to go to church in shorts and flip flops (sorry if you don't agree).

    There is something about wearing a three piece suit in 100 plus degree weather that can quickly change your mind about how you dress for church.

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  8. I liked the old days of "wearing your Sunday best", and people and the kids looked really nice on Easter. Just beautiful.

    You know Anne, this entire nation has become a nation of slobs. You know who first said that to me? You'll never guess. My son. He must have 14.

    He'd noticed how stylish people are in Europe and Japan (from films and videos, not travels).

    "We're sloppy, compared to them," he said. "Americans lost their style."

    I have a billion pics from my parents, and he'd look them. They were always dressed nice in casual shots, not just the studio pics.

    Folks used to actually dress nice going to the mall or Home Depot. Some of these people look like just rolled out of bed.

    It's like the signs of wear and tear, and hmmmm, what's that word? Can't think of it now, but it's when is falling apart. It's like we hit our peak and on the slide down.

    That's just one view. I agree with A. Smith's too of the casual look being a strategy for getting more people back to church.

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