Church Appropriate : The Generational Gap

Church Appropriate : The Generational Gap

What is church appropriate clothing? Before you decide to throw this magazine against the wall, indulge me for a brief moment.

 

The question of what is deemed church appropriate was never open for debate when I was growing up. What I constantly hear from the older folks is that the ‘younger’ generation doesn’t know what is appropriate. I believe
the disconnect is a generational gap. You had to dress like you were going to church when I was growing up. The length of your dress had to pass your knees. Sleeveless was taboo.

 

My mother still dresses in her suit and English hat to match like the Queen of England to go to church. She never wore her skirt above her knees. My older sister who has taken a page from her book also wears the full suit as well, dressed to the nines with shoes to match and a laced hanky.

 

I’ve never been one to follow the status quo. I was rocking sleeveless before it was legal in church. I’ve stepped through the church door in a short skirt, but if I dropped something I could always pick it up without distress. I’m not one for nylons either, this of course still sometimes get a side glance from my mother if I’m attending church with her on a Sunday. After all, you can’t be completely dressed unless you are wearing a pair of nylons.

 

So it begs the question what is church appropriate for the ‘younger’ generation? The stuffy suits? Do you need the hat decked out with flowers, with the rim so wide a bird can nest in it before you get inside the church  building? What about showing cleavage? Yes, I said it.

 

Fashion for some is personal, a matter of style – to each his own really. However, what does make me pause is what I call “fashion distractions” that I see sometimes in church.

 

Call it whatever you like, the lady that sits on the pulpit and spreads a hanky over her exposed leg because her skirts is too short, shouldn’t be wearing that short skirt! The devotional leader that’s spilling out of her blouse? Ahhh… the club wear – that I find fascinating. When I see it I’m looking over my shoulder wondering when the dance floor is going to open up.

 

Come as you are, right? So, if club wear is all you have then so be it. The distinction – Christians should be held to a higher standard. Should our clothing be church appropriate? We have an obligation. Like
it or not we are being watched and we will be judged.

 

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