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Should we dress up to go to church? Hmmm. I have dressed up and dressed down for church. I visited my son who lives in the Seattle Washington area and thought I was dressed down; but, when I got to church I found that I was dressed up. God wants our hearts not our clothes. However I do think we need to be aware of our personal hygiene in church so as not to distract others from the message; come to think of it, when we are in any place where there is a crowd, we should be sure we do not offend by our lack of hygiene. We must remember to emit the fragrance of Christ and not be an odor of the world, literarily and figuratively.

What is the appropriate dress for church? Having clothes on, being appropriately clothed so as not to cause a distraction. And women should be sure they do not wear clothing that is sexually provocative. Men are visual beings (God made them that way), and can be easily distracted by our choice of clothing or lack there of.

Upon visiting churches, I have found that churches that have many members that are poor and unskilled will dress up; and churches that are middle to upper middle class with high skills tend to dress down, at least in New York City and the outskirts of Seattle.

Exodus 21:22-23:13

Today’s Old Testament passages give “flesh” to Commandments five through ten, with a dash of skin to numbers one through four. Responsibility and accountability are found in these chapter and verses, responsibility to God and man, and accountability for actions that violate men and the community’s relationship to each other and God. I don’t know why I never saw this previously I just saw a bunch of rules and regulations to follow but this is all about right living in the midst of community and right actions toward God, who created us and thus the One who wrote the How-To-Manual

And if men fight and hit a pregnant woman and her child is born prematurely, but there is no serious injury, he will surely be punished in accordance with what the woman's husband will put on him, and he will pay what the court decides. But if there is serious injury, then you will give a life for a life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise. (Exodus 21:22-25 NET.)

When things like the above happen, people fighting or even rough housing where there are people around going about their daily business, when someone is hurt or injured, the people involved usually try to “excuse” their way out of it. “He/She made me so mad I couldn’t help myself, You just don’t know what they did to me.” The word “Sorry” is bantered about as if just the sound of that word justifies everything. God says, “No, you are not excused by use of the word, “Sorry.”. You must restore to its original state.” In fact, the Hebrew word, shâlam, where shâlôm, the word peace is derived from, implies restoration. Come to think of it, isn’t that what God will do when He ushers in the “New Jerusalem,” bring everything back to the “In the Beginning” state?

Grace and peace,

Hey Mike, I do not dress up too much for church..but I dress business casual or if I wear jeans I wear a nice sweater or top. I do children ministry twice a month so I am even more casual a little. I wear a church shirt and/or sweater and jeans and tennis shoes or boots usually. It just depends. I think it's more the frame of your heart..what out of the abundance of your heart and mind that when you come to church are you coming to worship, give truly of yourself or are you putting on fronts just for show. What is the fruit look like? That to me is the most important point.

Be blessed

As a layman, at 74 years old, I have gone from dressing full suit to business casual. After many mission trips over the years , I have noticed believers "always" dress "in their best." I believe that is what honors God. Our best! Just my thoughts.

I play the piano in a young children’s division at church. Among the parents that come, the mothers are usually attired in dresses or skirts or dressy slacks and tops. The fathers are dressed semi-casually- rarely in sport jackets or suits. They don slacks, occasionally jeans, and shirts, or tops.The grandparents that come are mostly dressed more “churchy” in dresses and suits and ties or sport jackets.

I suppose it could be generational. I am uncomfortable dressing casually for a worship service. It is not that I want to show off how tailored I can look, rather it was my upbringing. We always “dressed up” for church and that habit instilled in me as a child continues. I am not suggesting everyone should do as I do, however, I think of Daniel when he was released from prison, how he had a total “makeover” before he went to be presented to Pharaoh, as did Esther prior to her presentation to the King. How much more for us who come into the presence of THE King.

I found this about dress for church. I was brought up to wear my best clothes and polish our shoes and take our baths on Saturday. But I saw this.

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
1Samuel 16:7

we should dress nicely for church!

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