Does God Care About What We Wear to Church?

It can feel like a mixed message when we hear, “Give God your best” in one ear and “come as you are” in another. Today, we are going to explore the question, does God care what we wear to church? This is a very broad question, so we are going to study a few different scenarios.

Why Should We Dress Modestly in Church?

When I think about this question, the first thought that comes to mind is modesty. In the case of modesty, yes God cares what we wear to church. What I wear to church may look a lot different from what I wear to the beach, but in both places, I am called to represent Christ and honor the Lord. Why do I need to be modest at church? The Lord never gives us a command just for the sake of giving one, He always has a reason and a greater purpose in His instructions. How we present ourselves can be an act of worship and obedience or an act of sin.

There is a scripture verse that can easily confusion, but it came to life for me when I was overseas visiting a church. 1 Corinthians 11 can be puzzling if one does not look at the cultural context. It shares that women were told to cover their heads in worship services. This might appear demeaning, but when I was in this other country the women covered their heads in church. It seemed unnecessary or even oppressive in my mind, however, to them it was a joy and an honor. These young women covered their heads to take the focus off of themselves. This is the purpose for the modesty of men and women in worship services. Our goal is to humble ourselves and point to Jesus.

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SOURCE: Crosswalk, Emma Danzey