I wear jeans to church. I don’t have any dresses. It’s just too hard to find a dress in my size, color and style preferences. Modesty aside, I never liked the idea of ‘Sunday best.’
God didn’t buy the best you – he redeemed you when you were at your worst. Besides, God shouldn’t get you at your best only on Sundays, but He should get you as you are every single day of the week.
When I do see people in their Sunday best, I can’t help but wonder why their expensive formalwear didn’t fall into the category of best. The only time I’ve seen people go through that sort of effort was a group of trustees of a mega-church just after a formal dinner (just for them) before the big Christmas production which they saw from the front-central seats (which were also reserved just for them) they had also been given a few small gifts which nobody else recived. In which case, they were treated with blatant favoritism and I’m certain that Jesus’ word on that subject was: “Don’t!”
I don’t think that God’s love is contingent on a particular wardrobe.
Colossians 3:1-17, “1Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
5Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 7You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.
12Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
15Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. 17And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
The scripture is clear. Sure, there are other places in the Good Book that have more direct pointers, but let’s not suddenly get on the ‘we should enforce that’ bandwagon. If you silenced women in church, who would teach Sunday school? Who would sing the special music? Men, could you handle what scripture asks of you? So yeah, I wear jeans to church.