After a disagreement on Facebook about what is acceptable to wear to church, I thought I would share this via my blog.
As the pastor of a church, sometimes I wear a suit to please the people who think you should “dress your best” and sometimes I wear blue jeans and a t-shirt to make others feel like they’re welcome, too. I don’t want to be a stumbling block to any, but want that all should come to a saving relationship with the living Jesus Christ. I believe wearing blue jeans can lead some people to Christ and wearing suits can hinder some people from coming to Christ. I haven’t made up my mind if wearing dressier clothes and suits can help lead people to Christ. And that’s what it’s all about for me. “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7
If you feel like you should wear a suit to church, I won’t discourage you and I believe Jesus sees your heart. And if you wear shorts, denim, suspenders, flip flops, or tattoo sleeves, I still believe Jesus sees your heart, as well. Personally, I’d rather be in church with ten people wearing flip flops and shorts who want to change the world for Jesus Christ than 10 people in suits and dresses who want to stay in the church and do Bible Studies. And keep in mind I’m not criticizing you who love Bible Studies. I just said for me, give me world changers – and we may not change the world, but we will change the world for some people.