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Question:

I have a problem with people being sloppy in church. Surely Christians should give God their best on a Sunday?

 
Answer:

Our outward appearance is often a reflection of the state of our inner being. That is why we dress carefully when we really want to make an impression. We want to look our best when it is in our best interests. That is human nature.

God is a God of excellence and He has programmed us this way. Therefore, He demands that every Christian be an EXAMPLE “in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” 1 Tim 4:1.  His principle remains: “Let ALL things be done decently and in order.” 1 Cor 14:40.

Am I saying we may not dress casually in church? Not at all. ‘Decently’ means different things to different cultures. In the culture in which we find ourselves, does our dress sense speak of purity, cleanliness, decorum or sloppiness? A robe is ‘decent’ in one society – jeans and a t-shirt are ‘decent’ in another. We know instinctively where to draw the line even when peer pressure is at its strongest.

God’s Word on dress is EXCELLENCE – in church and wherever else we find ourselves. “..that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ.” Phil 1:10.

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