Saturday, November 29, 2008

#2 Casual Church Attire

There's no doubt about it - white Christians love casual church attire. White Christians used to enjoy dressing up in formal attire for church, but now casual attire is all the rave. "Sunday Best," is now defined as something between what you'd wear to paint your house and what you'd wear on a date.

Many white Christians dress in formal business clothes during the week, so to make church a different, comfortable
experience, it's time for khaki pants, a tight, untucked short-sleeve shirt, and sandals. Jeans and polo shirts are also fine, provided that the shirt is tucked into the jeans, the white Christian within the jeans is wearing a belt, and there is a silenced cell-phone encased in a belt-clip, but visible to all.

To the white Christian, "casual" can range from "business casual" to "roll out of bed" casual. White Christians like to focus on the "come as you are" attitude of worship, so one-day stubble for men is acceptable, even encouraged. If the weather gets warm enough, you may even see some full-grown white Christian men wearing shorts to church. This is a rare occurrence, but it has been known to happen.

Not all white Christians like the casual attire movement, but those who prefer more formal attire are wise to keep any criticism to themselves. If you prefer formal attire and you see a white Christian with sandals, do not confront this white Christian. You will get the inevitable response: "Jesus wore sandals - if it was good enough for him, it's good enough for me!"

When white Christians wear sandals to church, the presence of easily removable footwear also increases the likelihood of a foot-washing discipleship ceremony as part of the worship service; something that every white Christian loves.

While most white Christians have embraced casual attire, there's one person that's not allowed to dress casually - the pastor. That guy had better be in a suit.

22 comments:

CLAY said...

Don't forget about any books by Rick Warren!

Abraham Calvin said...

Oh, we won't. Did you notice the photo of Rick Warren in the header?

Luther Zwingli said...

yeah- Mr. Warren is on our "to-do" list. Keep checking back every Sunday.

matt said...

Thank God for the Causual Attire trend.

marcusaurelius said...

If you really want to get kah-ray-zee, you can be a rebel like Rich Mullins and go with no shoes or socks at all. There's nothing like leathery, raw calloused feet to show people that you're Balls Out For Jesus.

Luther Zwingli said...

Marcus- welcome to the Stuff White Christians Like. Your enthusiastic post tells me that you'll enjoy this site for weeks to come, and that I'll enjoy reading your responses!

Micah B said...

Mark, I forgot about balls out for Jesus thanks for bringing that back

Abraham Calvin said...
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Abraham Calvin said...

Ah Schultze-Eldersveld. You wouldn't hear such talk at distinguished and pious Rooks-Van Dellen. Alas, in Micah's case, even two years of living in RVD provided no defense against the seductive debauchery of SE.

Summer said...

Oh no! Our pastor is breaking the rules. We have seen him preach in jeans and a polo shirt! What is the world coming to.

Luther Zwingli said...

Summer, there's a little-known clause to the white Christian casual attire rules: when a pastor wears a polo, it's really a P.O.L.O.- a hidden message: "Praise One Lord Only." If this is the reasoning behind his attire choice, then he's forgiven for making such a scandalous choice.

Bill Clews said...

All of my fellowship, including our two pastors, wear totally informal clothes, although our main pastor wears a tie for special occasions. I, alone, still wear a shirt, jacket and tie incidentally.
I know it's the heart that matters and not the attire but I can't help wondering if they would wear the same clothes if summond before the Queen. Have we less respect for the one we worship when we gather in what we call His house?

shentzel said...

I totally miss the casual dress (having moved out of the US) but have wondered also if by making everyone "comfortable" we have lost the respect our Savior deserves. Plus if you read the Old Testament, God was pretty serious about the priest being dressed correctly to enter the temple...although the temple is gone, perhaps the God behind the requirements remains the same?

Anonymous said...

I've seen the youth take an even more drastic aproach to casual attire in summer. There is a large amount of teen girls who arrive in short shorts and teen boys in singlets. My mother always said, dress respectfully, you dont want the boy next to you staring at your legs rather than focusing on God.

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Anonymous said...

I pastor a small church in the south where casual dress is the norm. Although this has always been 'in vogue' here I am still uncomfortable with it. To dress like you are going to a football game or work in the yard does not convey a spiritual message but individual comfort. Even funerals find this disrespectful behavior. Old fashioned as I am I am concerned with the decay of manners and good taste in our country.

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