Is your Sunday best too skimpy? Lately I’ve been reading that some churches have put up notices reminding worshipers to dress appropriately for service during the summer months. Apparently some church-goers have been wearing strappy low-cut tops, revealing miniskirts, and skimpy shorts in an effort to beat the heat, and the church is having none of it.
Every church has its own culture. Suits and dresses may be the norm at one church, while another might have a relaxed dress code that includes jeans or polo shirts. Some see dressing up as a sign of respect, while others argue that God doesn’t care what you wear.
But no matter how formal or informal your place of worship is, there’s always a line. Provocative or revealing clothing is generally frowned upon, and can make others feel uncomfortable. It’s a church, not a nightclub!
When we were in Europe, we saw many cathedrals that handed out shawls to women who had bare shoulders. Granted, these churches were more traditional and formal than what you might find in the States, but I liked that sense of respect.
Men wouldn’t show up to work in a sleeveless t-shirt. Ladies would think twice about wearing a plunging, body-con dress to the office. So why wear it to church? If it’s really that hot outside, opt for lightweight fabrics that will keep you cool.
What do you think? Have you noticed this issue at your place of worship?