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Old 11-06-2007, 07:21 AM
 
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In "my day" I remember wearing a suit and tie every time I went to Church. Now when I go people wear tired torn tee shirts and faded jeans. Maybe this is not the case all over the country. Maybe "down south" people still have some self respect and wear their Sunday best in Church.

What do you think about casual clothes vs dressing up for Church? How is it at your place of worship?
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Old 11-06-2007, 07:36 AM
 
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Maybe a tired torn tee shirt and faded jeans are their best? Do you live with them? Do you know what they own? Maybe they have more self respect to show up with what they have than others who "dress up".

Then again.. maybe God couldn't give a hoot about what you wear. I'm pretty sure Jesus didn't wear a suit.
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Old 11-06-2007, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Between Here and There
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Maybe a tired torn tee shirt and faded jeans are their best? Do you live with them? Do you know what they own? Maybe they have more self respect to show up with what they have than others who "dress up".

Then again.. maybe God couldn't give a hoot about what you wear. I'm pretty sure Jesus didn't wear a suit.
Couldn't have said it better myself!

Gerry Charlotte Phelps: NEVER 'DRESS UP' FOR CHURCH AGAIN
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Old 11-06-2007, 07:45 AM
 
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Surely it is about what is in your heart than what you are wearing ?

I personally dress smart all the time but I don't expect everyone to do so. As an atheist I cannot imagine that Jesus would care what you wore in church as long as you were sincere. I can't imagine him turning away a prostitute who came in , in her "working" clothes or a biker in his leathers.

Are torn jeans shabby ? yes IMO but then again I am sure a lot of not very nice people do wear shirts and ties in church too...

I think if church goers are that bothered by what their follow celebrants wear it implies that believing is about pleasing church goers rather than God.

Nudists are surely entitled to be Christians too ( ??) and surely our "birthday" suit should be good enough for god considering believers think he created humans in their natural state. It seems that people seem more shocked by outwards appearances rather than deeper issues.
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Old 11-06-2007, 07:47 AM
 
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Nudists are surely entitled to be Christians too ( ??) and surely our "birthday" suit should be good enough for god considering believers think he created humans in their natural state. It seems that people seem more shocked by outwards appearances rather than deeper issues.


I wouldn't want birthday suits in church, now that would keep me home if it were required!
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Old 11-06-2007, 07:50 AM
 
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Check out a Mormon church. ;-) Men wear suits and women wear dresses, no matter what part of the country they live in. (Nylons are not guaranteed, however.)

I prefer to dress up somewhat for church, but I have been known to dress more casually some days too.
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Old 11-06-2007, 07:53 AM
 
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In North Carolina people dress up.
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Old 11-06-2007, 07:57 AM
 
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I spent a few years as a child in a very small town. Every sunday I would see the ** folks going to church wearing suits and even the children had suits!

We were dirt poor and no one owned, let alone wore, a suit to church except the preacher. Yet those nicely dressed folks were the most prejudiced people I had ever met.

I have since learned, the attire does not make the man righteous, and not all the townfolk were prejudiced. That was just my perceptions when I was aged 10 - 12 when I was trying to deal with racial prejudice.

We were taught we are supposed to wear the best we have, something I am ashamed to admit, I do not follow anymore.
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Old 11-06-2007, 07:59 AM
 
Location: ARK-KIN-SAW
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In AR alot of people dress up too (older people), and what Ive noticed is that the younger generation (13-30) dont dress up like that for anything. Most dont even own a suit, society has just changed. IMHO God is more concerned about the inside of a person than the outside anyway. Alot of jeans are now sold to look worn and faded anyway, same way with some shirts.
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Old 11-06-2007, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Our church is pretty casual and these days I often wear slacks to church, but I do think about the part in the Bible where the Israelites were supposed to go up with Moses to meet with God and they were told to wash their clothes etc. Does anybody know what I'm referring to? Anyway, sometimes I wonder if we should continue to dress "in our best" as a matter of respect to God? Not because He demands it, but because we want to give it? Does that make any sense?

I remember one time my son at age 16 was planning to go to church wearing rubber "flip-flops" on his feet. We had a "difference of opinion" about that! I told him itwasn appropriate for church. He said something like,"Mommmm, God has seen my feet!" Teenagers!
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