Ok, so I’ve kind of been having a little dilemma. As a pastor, I’ve been struggling with whether or not I should wear a suit when I preach. With one of my churches I know that I couldn’t get away with it at all. It’s a very traditional church and I wouldn’t even think of it. But in the other…well, there’s more young adults and it’s a lot more laid back.
I know, this probably doesn’t sounds like a very profound dilemma, but to me it is becoming significant. Here are some simple thoughts on the matter and what I’ve been thinking, and I really ask for your help. Please. So all those of you who receive this by email or through rss feed please step up. It’s important to me and I would really appreciate it.
So here’s what I’ve been thinking. I don’t want anything to become a stumbling block or barrier for me to reach people. Most unchurched people, when coming to church, will be dressed fairly casually. So why not me, the pastor, be dressed a little more casual as well. I’m not suggesting to wear flip-flops and jeans, but I was thinking of some nice dark jeans, a nice shirt, and a nice jacket. Or something to that effect.
I know what the argument is (I think) for wearing a suit. The church is a holy place and you need to put on your best because you’re going to be meeting God. But I guess I just don’t see in the Bible where people dressed up in special attire to meet God, except for the priests.
I think most of you could school me theologically, and that’s what I’m really looking for.
If you think a suit should be worn in church tell me why.
If you don’t think a suit should be worn in church tell me why.
Doesn’t have to be some special, or even deep theological argument and case…just give me your thoughts, and if you have some theological points to add, then fine.
I really appreciate your thoughts on the matter cause I actually am struggling with this a little. If it was a new church plant and started off like this I don’t think it would be an issue. But neither are new church plants.
Today, in my more progressive church, I wore a nice jacket and slacks (no tie), and one of our older members said, “well, it’s good that you didn’t have to preach today, so you could get away with not wearing a tie…” Hmmmm.
What do you think? Should a pastor wear a suit when he preaches or not? What would Jesus wear?
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