The right attire for Church (God’s presence)

On Sundays, we put a lot of effort into dressing to look our best for God and sometimes it appears the way we dress is what actually makes us accepted by God in His presence. Many have equated not dressing one’s best when going into God’s presence to having total disrespect for God because one wouldn’t dress just anyhow to meet a renowned worldly personality, how much more God. Most churches even put more emphasis on our looks before God on Sunday mornings than how receptive our hearts should be for God’s word coming into Church. Perhaps a clean look equals a clean heart for God.

There are rules for dressing in some churches

Here’s a little story I once read years ago (can’t remember the source) and that changed my perspective on what exactly the right attire (or attitude) should be for Church:

One Sunday morning an old cowboy entered a church just before services were to begin. Although the old man and his clothes were spotlessly clean, he wore jeans, a denim shirt and boots that were very worn and ragged. In his hand he carried a worn out old hat and an equally worn out Bible. The church he entered was in a very upscale and exclusive part of the city. It was the largest and most beautiful church the old cowboy had ever seen. The people of the congregation were all dressed with expensive clothes and accessories.

As the cowboy took a seat, the others moved away from him. No one greeted, spoke to, or welcomed him. They were all appalled at his appearance and did not attempt to hide it. As the old cowboy was leaving the church, the preacher approached him and asked the cowboy to do him a favor. “Before you come back in here again, have a talk with God and ask him what he thinks would be appropriate attire for worship.” The old cowboy assured the preacher he would.

The next Sunday, he showed back up for the service wearing the same ragged jeans, shirt, boots, and hat. Once again, he was completely shunned and ignored. The preacher approached the man and said, “I thought I asked you to speak to God before you came back to our church.” “I did,” replied the old cowboy. “If you spoke to God, what did he tell you the proper attire should be for worshiping in here?” asked the preacher.

“Well, sir, God told me that He didn’t have a clue what I should wear. He said He’d never been in here before.”

Well, I don’t know what you make of this story but it sure “touched my life” and perspective forever. Hope it does same for you. Do share your thoughts with us.

(PS: This may be a very sensitive topic for some. I do hope readers don’t take things out of context. The goal is not to condemn or approve of church rules on dressing).

©Mark Gadogbe (McApple), 2019

6 thoughts on “The right attire for Church (God’s presence)

  1. I loved this. What happened to the saying come as you are? We put some much into how we should look, instead of our hearts for the Lord. As long as your not revealing, then their shouldn’t be a problem with your attire.

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  2. Nice one. I see a RCCG pic as header. That’s where I worship when I go to visit my parents. In fact, that is where I worshipped today. I was quite hesistant about wearing my distressed jeans.. which have very slight rips in them.. but nevertheless has no other choice and wore it with an Ankara top. My hesitation stemmed from having heard the pastor warning youths to stop wearing ‘ripped jeans’ as it is not of God. I’m unsure if I agree with this.. but nevertheless.. I don’t think churches should be policing people’s outfits. However.. people should of course be somewhat modest and of course not come into the house of God as though they were going clubbing or to the beach

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    1. Aww. I love your personal experience and the point that it is a two-way street (churches not policing and we being modest too). God bless you for sharing.
      Yes! RCCG is a beautiful church and I loved my time with them during my studies in the UK few years ago. The only church setting picture I could find as I rarely take pictures in church 😊🙈🙈.

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