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Is it time to impose a church dress code?

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Posted dress code at San Isidro Labrador Church in Lazi, the Philippine Islands

Schools

nationwide are imposing dress codes — believing that it prompts students to take themselves and their studies more seriously. So, why not the same for church?

“The way many people dress to mass is completely offensive,” writes Ashley E. McGuire, the editor-in-chief for altcatholicah.org, an alternative Catholic website. “Strapless tops, cleavage, skirts that hardly cover the derriere, shorts, tracksuits, cut-offs. Tank tops. Midriffs. Minis. How this became acceptable is a mystery. How to change it, is not.”

She says a simple solution could restore churches everywhere to basic dignity: a dress code. Think this is radical? It’s not. The Vatican has one. The Vatican prohibits anyone from entering who is wearing:

· Shorts/skirts above the knee
· Sleeveless shirts
· Shirts exposing the navel
· Shirts for women that expose cleavage

“Why don’t all Catholic churches have the same standards?” she asks. “A Catholic dress code could be instituted with a relatively simple, three-step action plan:”

Stage 1—Recruit code enforcement. The priests and deacons would recruit lay women of charitable but forceful demeanor, approximately two per Mass depending on the size of the parish, to enforce the dress code. These women would be trained to stand outside Mass and gently but firmly request those in violation of dress code to change. This stage would likely take eight weeks. I assure you, there would be no shortage of eager volunteers.
Stage 2—Announce the coming change. Just as the Church has been doing with the coming liturgy changes, parishes would include a weekly insert into the bulletin explaining the simple, four-pronged dress code. Priests would alert parishioners at every Mass. (The media would help with its usual hit pieces.) This would be done for four weeks consecutively before dress code beings.
Stage 3—Grace Period. For two weeks there would be a grace period, where the newly trained women would give warnings to those not dressed appropriately that in the future, such attire will not be accepted, but still allow them into the House of God. This allows them to practice confronting those dressed inappropriately and allows the stubborn, skimpy dressers to avoid the humiliation of actually being sent home.

“Once the dress-code period becomes official,” writes McGuire, “there will no doubt still be much angst. People will wail and gnash their teeth in their desire to attend Mass dressed in PJs or two-inch skirts. People will claim the church is so draconian and unwelcoming and that Jesus would never send people away! Sure, Jesus spent time with residents of the red-light district. But let’s not forget, Jesus also flipped tables in a rage when he saw his Father’s house disrespected. He also reminded us in a parable that the man who showed up to a royal wedding not wearing the proper attire met a dreadful fate. Jesus was clear throughout the gospels: What you wear matters. He went to his own death in a garment so fine that men gambled for it.”

And the idea isn’t new, she says:

When I was in Egypt, I visited a mosque dressed in what I thought was modest attire. The women at the entrance still took my pashmina from my bag and swaddled my arms so no skin above my elbows was exposed. I was swaddled so tightly I couldn’t move. Women and men whose attire was beyond salvageable were asked to wear a giant, floor-length green sheet with a hole through the top for their head.

After all, Mormon temples have dress codes, she notes. Furthermore, she writes:

A Vatican insider told me that when a United States Supreme Court Justice showed up for a visit in shorts, he was turned away. On another occasion, a high-ranking woman showed up for an event with the pope in a low-cut top and Vatican officials sewed up her shirt in the car on the ride over. If St. Peter’s can turn away a Supreme Court justice and make a famous woman sew up her blouse for the Pope, then surely our local parishes can ask women to grab a shawl on their way out the door. Heck, put a basket of them inside the door and hand them out. Just like Jewish synagogues often have flimsy yarmulkes for men who show up with bare heads.

People would freak out about the dress code. And then, suddenly, it would stop. People would move on. Girls would begrudgingly grab that shawl on the way out the door. Parents everywhere would breathe easily again knowing they won’t have to fight their children to dress appropriately for Sunday Mass. And then the House of God would actually start to look like the House of God again.



  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Pineapple

    I’m a Hebrew Israelite and we’ve always had a dress code. However, my husband is a Christian. Sometimes I’ll visit his church and when I do, I am shocked at how the women dress. I think it’s insulting.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Kim

    Absolutely not! Stop judging people on what they wear and just be glad they are there to worship god! Personally, I would not wear extremely revealing clothes like that, but who am I to judge what anyone else wears? I have worn jeans before. So what? Im more comfortable, and able to enjoy the service more when Im comfortable. Where in the bible does GOD say you can only come to worship me if you wear this or that??? NOWHERE!!! That’s where. If you dont like what someone is wearing, then dont look! Mind your own business! Sheesh! I cant stand hypocrites who claim to be christian, then judge a person based on how they look.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Chansa Nkonga Mwangilwa

    I have not visited catholic churches in other parts of the world but in Zambia, Africa the dress code to enter the catholic church or mass is emphasized even those women spoken off do their bit, they belong some lay group. On the whole the adults of the congregation have been given the responsibility that as families go for mass they must check that all are appropriately dressed especially teenage children. In short it is the temple of God and what we wear does matter

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2011/10/is-it-time-to-impose-a-church-goers-dress-code.php?source=NEWSLETTER&nlsource=10&ppc=&utm_campaign=Inspiration&utm_source=NL&utm_medium=newsl Angie

    This is great and should be implemented to all churches.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment DeNelda Davis

    AMEN to all the above – I’ve long said that the men serving communion in the Protestant churches should be more respectful in their dress. their pants should be LONG and PRESSED!!! Females should not be allowed to wear shorts in the sanctuary!!!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Evangelist Myles

    I totally agree with this article. The House of God (House of Prayer) looks no differently then a night club these days. I am amazed at how we have allowed the world to creep into our churches. Many jobs have dress codes, some clubs even say no shirt, no shoes, no service or hats and/or tennis shoes aren’t allowed but in our churches ..Oh My God. Yes, shawls or material, safety pins included. It needs to come from the powers to be (pulpit) on educating many and bringing some back to modesty.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Evangelist Myles

    As far as I am concerned we are long overdue. The world has crept into our churches and we have got caught up on “come as you are.” Yes, come but allow the Spirit of God go cause a change. Why continue coming into the House of Prayer dressed like you did before you knew God. Some of our women have become outrageous and it needs to addressed. A good place to start is at the pulpit. Let the powers to be explain in love what a real Christian should look like and it’s called modest!

  • http://Respect Jorge Mercado

    The house of the Lord should be respected he said come as you are, he didn’t mean with your clothes? He was talking about spiritually. If people wanted to come as they are next thing you know they want to come naked and that would be ok to them. the house of worship is to be respected dressing correctly is important!Just like you would not go to an interview for an important job looking like you came out of a sewer? God is the ultimate you need to respect that!!!!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment regina

    Man looks at the outer appearence and God looks at the heart. Man is vain. Be more concerned with the condition of a persons heart and soul than you are with what they have on. Once the inside changes the outside will change too.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Andrea Brown

    All I can say is finally someone has had the nerve to speak up. I agree. I am going to bring this suggestion to the women in my Church and hope we can meet with a solution to the improperly dressed in the Chruch. Thanks for the guideline on how to begin to implement change.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Granny Ruthy

    If a dressing code will limit who may or may not attend church….well then it is not that important. Church doors must be opened to everyone, no matter how they are dressed. After a person is transformed by God’s love, they decide on their own if their way of dressing pleases God, not their fellow worshipers.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Kalyansri Dasgupta

    If the Managing Director of the company where I work invited me to see him, I would go properly dressed. Surely I would show as much respect to the Managing Director of the Universe.

  • http://Dresscode,sure!foreveryone jessy

    Dress code is needed for men. Skin is not the only thing offensive.
    -no dirty tight jeans. No jeans.(period)
    -no dirty sneakers. No sneakers.(period)
    – no muscle shirt
    -no shorts. Board shorts are shorts! funny looking shorts,NO
    -no t-shirt. Not even if it says ‘I love Jesus’. NOT APPROPRIATE!
    thank you

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Barbara

    I agree 100%. Where are the parents?? It is inappropriate for a teenager to show clevage in church or anywhere else – some look like hookers!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Your Name

    typical catholic, deciding who is appropriate to worship and who isn’t. Divorced no communion for you…keep turning them away and we will keep taking them
    signed
    Episcopal Church goer

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Anne Borreggine

    Unfortunately our society has for quite a while allowed and often encouraged women to dress “inappropriately” to church and even to school.

    I recently registered for an adult education class at my local high school and was appalled by the dress of one or two young women (short-shorts and tops with their navels exposed). I was even more disgusted when I learned there is no dress code.

    Years ago, whenever we received a new dress or coat or new shoes, my mom told us to wear it first to church, “so God would see it first”, before wearing it anywhere else. This helped me to understand the importance of dressing properly when attending church.

    I totally agree that we need a dress code in church. In my opinion this is a matter of self-respect and respect for the unseen “Other” who reads our hearts.

    However, the word “imposed” connotes “a demand” rather than an action that should be precipated by self-respect and an automatic response to one’s faith.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Anne Borreggine

    Oops!

    I hit the “Post” link before stating that there needs to be a dress code for young men too, not only women. They, too, have become lax in their dress in our permissive society. They often wear baggy jeans that expose their underwear (and more) with tops that often expose too much skin.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Pillai

    It is about time we have a dress code in the church, respect the House of GOD and co-parishioners. This applies to Schools as well.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Anne B.

    Oops!

    I did not mention that young men need a dress code too, not only women.

    Very often some wear baggy jeans that expose underwear and sometimes more. At times their shirts are too short and reveal their navels.

    A permissive society?

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Cheryl

    I went to my Church’s Easter Service & one of the singers on stage was dressed in hip hugger black jeans & a tight T shirt that exposed her navel. I was appalled & more than a little embarrassed since I had invited family & friends. Later I wrote an email to my Pastor very politely explaining my concerns, he never bothered to reply nor did the worship Pastor. Many of the young women would come to church services in see through tops, low cut tops, mini skirts & low rise jeans, I know I was not the only person upset over this but the Pastor refused to address the problem. I left that church 4 years ago. The Bible says we are to dress modestly & I think a reasonable dress code is appropriate & should be embraced by ALL churches.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment wincie gladish

    Good grief!! Just be happy to have people at church. If you can’t get them there, you can’t share God’s word. Look on hearts, not on outward appearances. If their ” parts ” are covered, just get over it!!!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Cheryl

    In reply to KIM,

    It is NOT about JUDGING anyone, it is about HONORING what the BIBLE says about MODESTY. Dressing like a $20 woman of the night might get a pass if you ARE a woman of the night & visiting church for the first time. However it is ABSOLUTELY APPROPRIATE to post a dress code asking men & women to honor God by adhering to His wishes about dressing MODESTLY. Even if you do not believe in or follow the Bible at your church common decency & common sense would tell you that dressing in a s exually provocative manner in order to get attention is NOT appropriate.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Sherry

    Are you serious? Do you really think that God is offended by what anyone wears or doesn’t wear. I think you are offended and since when do you get to decide for God, since when do you or anyone get to speak for God. It’s what is in a person’s heart that matters not what clothes are on their back……….I’m guessing next you will have to have a certain kind of car to park in the parking lot. Sorry, I don’t think that God is that small.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Cathy

    some people do not come to church to be in an Easter Parade. They come in the clothes they have to worship our Lord and Savior. For so many years people who actually wanted to come to church couldn’t or wouldn’t because they did not have the money to buy acceptable clothes to wear to church, so they stayed home. We want the world to hear about our Lord not feel shunned from his presence. I think this is rediculous.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Rick

    Jesus accepted people where they were but He ALWAYS told them the TRUTH. He did NOT go down to their level and turn a blind eye to their sin. He forgave them & then told them to go & sin no more. Accepting inappropriate/sinful behavior in church or anywhere else using the excuse of not being judgmental is nothing more than a cop out. Jesus was not a liberal, hippie push over as many churches portray Him to be. READ your BIBLES, standing up for TRUTH & RIGHTEOUSNESS is what is expected of us as Christians. Sometimes the truth can be painful to hear but that doesn’t mean we should stop sharing it with each other.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment jman

    This seems to address only womens dress,, what about the t-shirts and shorts with holes, t shirts with questionable language on them,, I personaly think our God deserves a little more respect than what some churches are giving him, i am on the baptist side and it is really bad htere as well with some churches,, it seems sad that one would come home form church and have to dress up to go out to eat. I dont mean there should be only long dresses and suits but there should be at least a sense of respect for where we are going.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Donna B

    I agree that it’s time to “cover up” in church! In our church we have many young people and adults that wear revealing clothing. I’m no prude, but I was always taught to dress appropriately for church and respect the House of the Lord. I used to have to wear a dress or suit, gloves and hat. In this day I believe slacks are acceptable, however, short skirts that show underwear when the person bends over, low cut tops that show cleavage (not to mention that when they bend over they just about lose them) – are not appropriate. If they want to wear these outfits in public, I believe that’s their choice. But it is a disrespect to the House of the Lord to dress so inappropriately.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment jolene conlin

    Even though I am not Catholic (I’m Methodist) I agree with this plan wholeheartedly I think it is a disgrace to ourselves the way people have begun to dress to attend church these days. When I was a kid we had “church clothes” and that was the only time we wore these clothes was to church or an important function.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Denby

    I understand the modesty issue. If someone shows up dressed in a provocative manner they should be handed a choir robe to cover themselves. As for the tshirts and cut off jeans, you never know when someone has nothing better or what their circumstances may be. I truly believe our Lord would rather have someone attend church/mass dressed as they are than for them not to show up at all. Who is being offended by this? Parishioners or our Lord. Judge not lest ye be judged!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Steve

    Typical, “choking on flees while swallowing camels”. Accept people for who and what they are, then people may adapt to the silly “dress code”. Be glad they are showing up at all.

  • http://Lethewhoiswithoutsincastthefirststone margaret

    A dress code? That is outrageous. Are those who are patroling the isles and the front doors going to go into the neighborhoods and soup kitchens where people are jobless and homeless and judge what poeple are wearing? Have you lost sight of what Christianity is? Welcome all who enter with open arms and judge not lest you shall be judged.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment dvanilla

    I truely agree with the article and what Ashley McQuire is saying. I also believe if a person is truely born-again they will not dress in an un-godly manner. The scripture states women should dress modest. We should purchase clothes that does not draw attention, distract or tempt others.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment cindy

    I think impossing a dress code is a great idea. I am saddened to think this is what its come to. We as parents need to be parents and require that our sons and daughters dress approprietly, and some of us parents should take a look in the mirror too!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment LARRY

    OURCONGREGATION IS BI-RACIAL. THE MAJORITY OF THE WHITES ARE VERY CASUAL DRESSERS, ESPECIALLY IN WARM MONTHS. OTHERS LOOK LIKE TENNIS PLAYERS OR MINISKIRT ENTHUSIASTS

    THE NON-WHITE MALE MEMBERS ARE COAT & TIE,
    THE FEMALE MEMBERS, BELOW THE KNEE DRESSES/SKIRTS.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment mhoffman

    I believe that both sexes should dress modestly for churh. I believe that people can wear what they desire as long as it is modest. By modest I mean a shirt that covers the front and back of the person wearing it. Pants should not be tight but also not so baggy that one’s underwear is showing.I believe that mini skirts and dresses are not appropriate. Jeans are ok as long as they are not skin tight.
    I also believe that one attends church to worship God, not to paricipate in a fashion show. When I was in the military, I was invited by some of my fellow soldiers to attend a church off base. This was a church where every one dressed up. I did not have church clothes with me and I wore what I had. No one at the church was bothered by what I wore. They were just happy I visited their church

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment BC

    Amen.
    We have not taught and modeled modesty. It is beautiful, Godly. We live in excess not restraint.
    Truly must be turned around.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment mike

    God did his best for us. We want God to do His best in our lives. The least we can do is our best for him, maybe an hour or so per week. I believe that means looking respectable in worship. Suit and tie not required, overdressing can be pious and legalistic. But, the sloppy, didn’t wash up, just rolled out of bed, hair not combed, flip flops, I don’t care look or the tight and sensual attire… God still loves the person but, why should God do his best for attitudes of the sort? Worship used to be lifeline of people and culture, not to be taken lightly. Churches are conforming to declining world standards and are likewise on the decline, dysfunctional in making a difference in the world.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Lillian

    I wholeheartedly agree that some who come to church should be ashamed of themselves. I live at a beach, and in the summer you cannot believe the attire worn by so many. Even some adults don’t dress appropriately. My priest does address this issue every week during the summer months. That being said.. I wouldn’t want anyone to stay away from church because of attire. Wouldn’t God want
    everyone who comes to church to be accepted?
    I pray for them, but I’m glad that they are in church. If the priests keep speaking about it, perhaps it will gradually change. However, it should be up to the parents to makie sure their teenagers are dressed appropriately for church.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment R.M.C.

    I AM A BAPTIST AND I WHOLEHARDILY AGREE THAT PEOPLE SURELY DO NOT RESPECT THE HOUSE OF GOD IN THE WAY THAT THEY DRESS.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment J.C. Simpson

    What nonsense. The only thing of any importance is that people who wish to worship in a church, synagogue, mosque or temple, should always be welcome. If you are offended by what they wear — that’s your problem. Not theirs.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment leonardo

    YES ALL SHOULD RESPECT GODS HOUSE ALL MEN AND WOMEN SHOULD DRESS WITH THE PROPER DRESS WARE ALL KIDS TOO YOU ARE NOT GOING DANCING ALL CHURCHES NEED TO START RESPECTING THE DRESSS CODE WHAT EVER HOUSE YOU PRAY IN….IN JESUS NAME………..AMEN

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Nancy Young Barrone

    God sees me in the bathtub. I’m sure He is glad to see me wearing anything.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment jan

    AMEN!!!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment David

    Any one who thinks God likes to see people in his house is right but just think if it was you house. Both Men and women should dress with RESPECT in God’s house.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment john r

    This dress code needs to be done at our church, St Mary Magdalen in Metairie, La., our parisheners come in shorts, wearing flipflop shoes, tshirts, and look like they have just finished their gardening, and then came into church. The proper dress code needs to be implimented.

  • http://thisisamistake Mo

    i recently was meant to feel admonished by overall statements like this from the pulpit. about flip flops. i wear orthopedic ones at the cost of $62 in the summer..otherwise, i couldn’t walk. i see the point about being slovenly at church..but this will just alienate members from attending.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment W. Goin

    Part of this I understand and agree with but I am not offended by bare arms and would definitely have a problem with someone telling me I couldn’t show my arms in church. I’m actually offended that this is considered offensive.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Jaime Baguyos

    Passage 1 Timothy 2 :

    1 Timothy 2

    Instructions about Worship

    1 I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. 2 Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. 3 This is good and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. 5 For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. 6 He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time. 7 And I have been chosen as a preacher and apostle to teach the Gentiles this message about faith and truth. I’m not exaggerating—just telling the truth.

    8 In every place of worship, I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy.

    9 And I want women to be modest in their appearance.[a] They should wear decent and appropriate clothing and not draw attention to themselves by the way they fix their hair or by wearing gold or pearls or expensive clothes. 10 For women who claim to be devoted to God should make themselves attractive by the good things they do.

    11 Women should learn quietly and submissively. 12 I do not let women teach men or have authority over them.[b] Let them listen quietly. 13 For God made Adam first, and afterward he made Eve. 14 And it was not Adam who was deceived by Satan. The woman was deceived, and sin was the result. 15 But women will be saved through childbearing,[c] assuming they continue to live in faith, love, holiness, and modesty.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Janice

    I would love it if there was a dress code in Catholic churches. I have 3 grown daughters in their 20’s. When they were young I always made them dress up for church, they always had to wear a dress. As they reached their early teens they started arguing with me, all their friends got to wear jeans or short skirts. Their friends told them they felt bad for them because they had to get dressed up. I stuck to my guns and made them dress up, if there was a dress code, there wouldn’t have been so much distress among the family before going to church!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment veecee

    I totally agree. Churches need a dress code. It is so disrespectful to come to church and present yourself before the Lord half dressed.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment spirit filled babe

    wow I have been born again for 7 years. single parent when I first started going with my 12 yr old son. he had to wear jeans and tennis shoes because I didn’t have the money to buy “CHURCH CLOTHES” for either one of us. do u really think GOD cared, that my son came in clean jeans and as clean as I could get them tennis shoes. tell ya what we are still not much better off. I am married to the LORD. are clothes are clean and are hearts are right. But I still (& so does he) feel that we are judge because of what we wear. usually salvation army thrift store. so yea I wear alot of old ladies clothes that don’t fit right. and he is still in his jeans. Jesus loves me this I know. He will deal with the rest of you, when u get there, if u do. aren’t we suppose to talk to people (ie. explain to them, nicely, that thier way of dress is not quite right) not stop them at the door and send them home. oh wait they get 2 times free. I may still be a young christian but I think Jesus said something about 7 x 70. I grew up in church with the proper clothes. so I know full well what modest is. I stopped going with my grandmother when I was 13. some of these young ladies only need a gently word of encouregment and some understanding, yea maybe a shaw, but take it from one who knows how it feels to b treated like dirt under someones feet (at church yet) don’t scare them off. b glad they are there and the older ladies of the church should talk to the younger ladies of the church gently with understanding. or we are going to lose awhole lot for Christ instead of getting just 1.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment George

    While I am not Catholic I agree with you very mush in regards to this topic.
    This not only occurs in the Catholic church but thruoughout the Protestant churches also!
    I have seen women show up in church wearing clothes that make the “ladie of the evening” look as though they were modestly dressed.
    This also applies to men, who come in looking as if they’ve just left work in a junk yard!
    Untucked shirts, torn jeans, etc…
    Every denomination should have a modest dress code & enforce it when necessary!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Wanda

    Amen!!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Your Name

    Bob Hope once said if skirts get any shorter they’d have 4 cheeks to paint and 2 heads to comb! One preacher speaking to his congregation said it was embarrasing to look into the audience and see girdles.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Josephine Fernandes

    I absolutely agree on this. We do need a change of dress code in church…everyday it is getting horribly vulgar when grown women walk into the church, with cleavage showing and stomachs exposed…bra straps exposed…Church is a holy place of worship and not a fashion ramp.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Kevin Cook

    Assuming the church is public and the doctrine of free will is taught, I’d say that there is and always has been a dress code… Christians dress modestly and non-Christians do not. Most evangelical theologians argue that approximately 20-25% of church attendees have a public, authentic relationship with Jesus Christ. So, if 75% of churchgoers are in this condition, wouldn’t you expect their dress to reflect their hearts?

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment joseph

    All this reminds me of a country song in which a long-haired, sandled man was denied enterance to a church because he didn’t meet their “standards” of attire. Since when is how one dresses and goes to church so offensive? If I’m not mistaken Jesus had lo g bait wore a to e and sandals. I fie.d it amazing that AMYONE would bemoan people going to church regardless how they are attired.
    As far as God is concerned, people could go to church naked and he wouldn’t care. Be sees us that way anyway. What is going on here is NOT people believing that GOD would be offence ded by dress, I.stead it is YOUR sense of propriety that is offended. This is exactly the type of rigid holier than thou attitude of the Faus pious that alienates and excludes a lot of god fearing and praying people. To somehow want everyone to conform to a preperscribed set of dresscodes that is neither religious in nature of based on scripture, shows a individual or entity, that is too self righteous and full of itself to be welcoming.g and inclusive. To equate school dress codes and your push to make evedyone con form to your perceptible of what is proper is elitism at it most profound. God excludes no one whether they are clothed different or have leprosy, are a begger, a thief, a prostitute, a merchant or lame. Jesus said let yea without sin cast the first stone. In this matter you overstep your bounds. What you want is conformity, lockstep adherents to your vision of what a congragation should look like. Those who profess being religious is up but actual church attendence is down. Its all pomp and trappings and not the message. It is the message that is important not the clothe that adorns the body. It is the message, not the lure to make other bend to your will. It is the message of inclusion NOT division. You wonder why a lot of people are turned off by and turn away from organized religion yet you fail to look at the sanctimoniousness of your statement.tsunami that if they don’t look like your want them to dress lime you want them to then they are somehow beneath you and Gods grace. Judge not lest yea be judged! What will you say before your creator when he asks why you oppressed and drove away believers in him to fulfill your own age.day and not his?

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Cat Lady

    I think all churches should have a dress code. I am Catholic and I am offended with how some people dress. I surely am old enough to know better.I have come from hard times where no matter how POOR you were….we all had CHURCH CLOTHES. No excuses..it is time people dress with modesty. Everyone is looking for excuses of why you should not dress appropriately..Everyone needs to be accountable for their actions and to stop making excuses.

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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment JOSEPHINE GOODEN

    IM FOR DRESS CODE AS A WOMAN OF GOD. AFTER BECOMING SAVED AND FILLED WITH THE HOLY GHOST MY RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD CHANGED MY LOOK SO IT DOESNT MATTER WHAT OTHER PEOPLE SAY ARE DO MY RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD DIRECTS ME TO BE DIFFERENT IN EVERY WAY. SO I DONT WEAR PANTS @ ALL. IM NOT LEAD BY WHAT THE WORLD DOES NOR BY THEIR FADES. THATS WHATS HAPPENING TO THE CHURCH OF TODAY IT IS FOLLOWING THE WORLD NOT THE CHURCH BEING THE EXAMPLE TO THE WORLD. THE CHURCH AS A WHOLE HAS BECOME TO COMMON WITH GOD IT HAS LOST ALL RESPECT FOR MY LORD, NOW ANYTHING GOES. WHEN, TO BE HONEST, WHEN YOU GO TO CERTAIN PLACES THERE IS A DRESS CODE.( JUST THINK ABOUT IT)IT HAS ONLY BECAME A BIG DEAL WHEN IT COMES TO GOD. EVERYTHING AND EVERYBODY CAN DEMAND PEOPLE TO DO SOMETHING BUT LOVING GOD HAS LIMITS.WHAT DOES IT COST TO JUST HAVE ENOUGH LOVE FOR GOD TO JUST WANT TO DO WHATEVER IT TAKES.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Been there done that

    Wow really. People a dress code. I came from a cult that controled every part of your life and had a dress code that was imposed 24 x 7 even in your own home. These people are crazy and ruin 100’s of lives. If your church imposes a dress code RUN dont walk RUN. God didnt say bring me the well dressed and respectful he said bring me the poor the downtrod. Read your Bible people.

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