Saturday, August 27, 2011
A bit too casual...
One bulletin item proclaimed, with a gag headline: "PLANS FOR PARISH SWIMMING POOL SCRAPPED! After much study, our finance committee has determined it would not be feasible to construct an indoor swimming pool in our church. ... As a result, we can now announce with certainty that those who have been arriving for Mass as if dressed for the pool need not do so. Also, we hope to keep the air conditioning cranking all summer long. So you do not need to wear shorts, halter tops or bikinis to Mass."
You can read the whole piece by Terry Mattingly here. His words are entirely appropriate to the scene in Lutheran congregations as well. Personally I do not get it when folks dress down for Church -- when I know that they have a closet full of perfectly fine clothes. I wonder if the first line of this post does not have a lot to do with it.
Over the years I have struggled with tube tops that revealed way too much -- especially at the communion rail. I have spoken about it in general but have not had enough nerve to tell a woman or man directly that their clothing is inappropriate.
One Sunday a group of Harley boys from our congregation were heading out after Sunday school on a motorcycle ride and a few showed up in beer t-shirts and jeans (leather chaps). I made a little joke to them but they all had family here and could have made a quick change in the restroom and sent their good clothes on home with their families. I honestly think that we live in a casual office, casual business attire, casual wedding, casual funeral mentality so much so that people do not even think -- and that is the point. They do not think. What does what I am wearing say about me? About what I am doing now?
This is NOT about clothes but about attitudes. Again, our best for His glory. Nuff said.