I don't have much problem with attire or rather I don't have much problem with what I wear. Now people (my wife especially) would say that I have no gift for attire and that I lack the 'taste' of fine dressing (like I am a salad or something). So I don't pay much attention to what and how I dressed (Ahhhh now that begin to make sense with how I looked huh? Frankly I always thought that with my 'looks' heck, I looked good with what I wear J or no matter what clothes I put on, it's not going to help much L). So, I have been happily going to functions and church meetings and whatever occasions dressing the way I felt and driving my wife up the wall and sometimes even sending her off to the moon.
However, lately I have also recognized that the way I dress would in a way reflect how I view a function. For example if I dress like I am going to bed when I am going to church to worship God, no matter how worshipful my heart and soul and spirit is at the moment, my attitude, at least outwardly is wrong. But we are not concern with outward appearance, are we? True to a certain degree. I agree that even the songs say God is looking to our hearts but how we groom ourselves for an occasion does reflects on how we view the occasion. Try going to meet your in-laws (or future in-laws which I did by the way) in your pajamas. You are not going to do that, right? You want to make a good impression. So we will usually whipped out our best clothes and we dressed to kill.
In YWA, we once had a discussion on attire. We postulated that on one sunny Sunday morning, the Oversight came out with a directive that we cannot wear jeans for Sunday worship. How would we react? Well, the YWAs reacted with surprising objections. It was as if the Oversight had taken away their right to breath. As if wearing jeans was the reason that they go to church on Sunday. Well, I might be a tad melodramatic here but you get the picture. We were actually discussing on the proper attire but it branched off to submission to elders. So the question is actually will we comply or not? Do we submit or not? Now, you would argue that blind submission is wrong, that if the elders asked us to come to church in our birthday suits, we will do that also. I agree with you that we do not submit blindly but in this case is not wearing jeans tantamount to blind obedience category?
What's the point to all this? Well, I recently was reminded in a gentle way that as people who lead or start of the morning worship, I should consider not wearing round neck tees and jeans. So, question is should we take the 'suggestion' and dress appropriately? Well, truth be told, I do think we should. I think, yeah let's not quibble over the small issues, we are here to worship God and let's do that. If by dressing appropriately, I can encourage others to worship and not hinder them, then I had done my part as the person to lead off worship. Yeah, let's dress appropriately.
PS: The funny thing is this, I don't even have a pair of jeans. Hmmmm, maybe should start getting a pair to wear, then I don't have to start of the worship session. Bears considering….