i grew up in an era where the phrase “put on your sunday best” meant you were to put on your very best clothes…the clothes you wore to church on sundays. i’ve tried to do some research on where the whole idea of dressing up on sunday came from. i found this interesting article that sheds some light on the dressing up for church phenomena. here’s a quote:
Dressing up for church became a popular practice in the first half of the nineteenth century, first in England, then northern Europe and America, as a consequence of the industrial revolution and the emergence of the middle class. While care was historically given to cleanliness and solemnity on Sabbath days, dressing up for worship resulted, not from a theological teaching, but from the influence of Victorian culture on worshiping communities.
you ought to read the rest of the article.
contrary to popular belief. i own more than one tie. they’re all pretty old, but i do own them. for years, i wore a coat and tie every sunday. i have two suits. one doesn’t fit very well because i’m a little bigger now than when i first bought it. i bought another one recently. i was on my way to the mall to buy a new coat for a funeral i was going to perform, but my jeep got mysteriously sucked in to the parking lot of bargain depot. i can’t explain it, but it just got sucked into this vortex…
while i was there, i bought a nearly brand new suit, a spiffy sport coat, and a pair of slacks…all for $35! I am now set for the next decade of funerals, weddings, award banquets, and the photo shoot for our new church pictorial directory. if you don’t know what a church pictorial directory is, count yourself blessed…
i am so grateful to serve in a church that doesn’t require a dressing up ritual for sundays…or any days for that matter. i know there are places in society where coats and ties are the socially required garb. i respect that. i really do. i also respect people who feel it is more honorable to dress a certain way when they worship.
what do you think?