Tuesday, June 23, 2009

No Need to Dress Up for Church

(Me, ca. 1974)

If you are a follower of Jesus does this mean you have to spend money buying expensive and really nice-looking clothes so you can "dress up" for "church?" The answer is: No.

Dressing up for "church" is "a mindless custom. It is purely the result of nineteenth-century middle-class efforts to become like their wealthy aristocratic contemporaries, showing off their improved status by their clothing. It has nothing to do with the Bible, Jesus Christ, or the Holy Spirit." (Barna and Viola, Pagan Christianity, 148)

Whew - I just saved a lot of money!