How we dress for church will depend on our vision of God, our understanding of God’s people, and our grasp of what is at stake when we gather.
Pastor John, hello. We’re recording this episode from our homes amid a pandemic shutdown of our cities and states. Neither of us has gathered with our local churches for weeks now, and this episode is scheduled to launch in early May. We have a question about church dress code. And neither of us knows if, by the time this episode launches, we will still be quarantined or meeting in person on Sundays. In any case, churches in this country will eventually reunite. And to prep for that meeting, we have a question from John, a listener in South Carolina.
“Pastor John, hello! When we join in corporate worship and gather in God’s house, should we dress in our best clothes? I tend to say yes. The world seems to dominate our choices in too many ways in our worship — music, building styles, flippancy, etc. Under the old covenant, Moses was clear that priests should wear ‘holy garments’ that were elaborate (Exodus 28:4). In entering the presence of God through Christ, it seems to me the modern church has settled for ‘casual Friday’ — a dress code from the corporate world. Do you know of any Scriptures in the New Testament that address appropriate attire for church?”