Sunday, July 06, 2008

Yay! No dress code!

I am preaching at another church next sunday. I was told on the telephone that they do not have a dress code for preachers.

That was kind of nice to know. Most churches never tell you whether they have expectations about what you where. You end up feeling bad if you don't wear a suit or at least a sports jacket.

Maybe I can get away with wearing my flip flops for this engagement.

After I left university, I got kind of legalistic about dress. I had worn long hair (half-way down my back) and a nose stud as a student and decided that this was inappropriate. I started to dress really smart and felt disapproving towards people who didn't meet my standards.

Yet I had forgotten how much it hurts to have people disapproving of how you look. When I was a teenager I hated having Christians tell me that long hair on a man was wrong.

When I went to university, I started going to a Reformed Baptist church (I didn't pick up their theology) and really loved it.

I don't think I fully appreciated it at the time, but I think what really made me feel welcomed and accepted there was the fact that nobody in the congregation ever criticised me about how I dressed. Some of them criticised my theology, but they never commented about my long hair and pierced nose. They probably did not approve, but they never said so.

I am sure if the people at this church had criticised my appearance, I would not have continued attending. It would have put me right off.

So I would urge Christians everywhere; please don't criticise people about how they dress. Let them listen to their own conscience. Leave the Holy Spirit to convict them about this.


MAE said...

No dress code? You're sure, this is a -real- church? You really want to preach there?! - Just kidding. Your post reminded me of an article, I wrote some weeks ago and I spoke about this in the local assembly:
The translation is by google and of no good quality, but you will understand the point, I wanted to make. Our assembly did, and I'm very thankfull about their understanding.

Celestial Fundie said...

Well, they meet in a school, but its the same denomination as the church I attend.

Jonathan Hunt said...

My dear chap, don't do the flip flop thing, please! They may have no dress code, but smart casual is surely the way to go. Not because it matters to God, but because some people will take offence, and they may not listen to a word you say. Of course, they would be wrong, but you are there with a message that matters. So, have your feed shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace, and SHOES!!

Celestial Fundie said...

Ok. Maybe I shall wear my 14-hole Doc Martens instead.

Rose~ said...

Flip flops are great, but you know better than to wear them to preach. :~)
I agree with your advice.

Celestial Fundie said...

You wouldn't complain if a lady preacher was wearing flip flops.

Rose~ said...

What is a lady preacher? ;~)