OYB February 5

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Exodus 21:22-36, Exodus 22, Exodus 23:1-13
NT: Matthew 24:1-28
Ps: Psalm 29
Pr: Proverbs 6:7-23

Today´s notable verse:

And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

Matthew 24:14 (NIV)

The One Year Bible Blog notes:

Comments from you & Question of the Day - I read an interesting commentary on Psalm 29 verse 2 today - "Give honor to the LORD for the glory of his name. Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness." This commentary suggested that possibly "worshiping God in the splendor of his holiness" may have been a call for the ancient worshipers to basically dress up before going to the Temple. To wear the proper white robes or garb for worship. And this made me think about how we dress for church today. I'm wondering if maybe we're getting too casual in the way we dress for church these days? I know in my grandparents' day, you were in a suit / nice dress. Today, it seems like we can go to church in just about whatever we want to wear - jeans, T-shirts, flip-flops, etc. And maybe this is okay? Maybe this is a good thing? Or maybe not? Dennis Prager on his radio show talks about this very topic and says that if we were going to meet with the Queen of England, how would we dress? Obviously, we'd dress nicely. Well, if in church we're going to meet with the King of all creation, how then should we dress? At least as nicely as we'd dress for meeting with the Queen of England? Or no...? Please let me know your thoughts on this topic. Do you dress up for church? Why or why not? Are we getting too casual with what we wear to church these days? Should we maybe learn something from this Psalm and "worship God in the splendor of his holiness"?

Interesting you should mention that; I actually did meet the Queen of England (Manchester, July 2000 - see the Missions section for pictures)! As I remember, I was wearing jeans, a t-shirt, and a windbreaker. More importantly, the Bible consistently talks about God desiring the splendor of His holiness on the inside - the heart - of man. What is external does not make a man clean or unclean (worthy/holy or unworthy/unholy), but what is in his heart. If my appearance is a distraction to me (or to others), or if my attitude is one of laziness or ungratefulness, then the condidtion of my heart is the problem; my appearance is but a symptom. We have to be careful of the other extreme, as well; church attire can all too easily become a matter of pride and favoritism, and can make visitors/unbelievers who think they have to dress "appropriately" unwelcome or unwilling even to walk through the doors.

I also have this nagging thought that I would be awfully arrogant to think that the "splendor of His holiness" could be evidenced in any way by my appearance - as if this or that shirt has more or less of that splendor.

In answer to your question, I dress for church in all manner, depending on the circumstance and the culture of the church. (Remember II Corinthians 9:19-22) I am just as comfortable in shorts and sandals as I am in a suit and tie. My ability to worship God or to receive a word of teaching has nothing to do with how I dress, but everything to do with the condition of my heart.