I guess I come from the old school, but age and experience has given me the motivation to share my concern about the way many present day preachers are dressing in the pulpit.
From time to time, and more often than I like to admit, I see preachers in front of a beautiful background, or in a lovely church building, dressed in a polo shirt, or with an open necked shirt with no tie, or coat, and I can’t help it, I don’t like it. They stand with Bible in hand preaching the word of God. Just recently I saw this handsome young man preaching in a short-sleeved, faded, red striped, polo shirt in front of a beautiful background, and somehow it just didn’t look like it fit to me. I couldn’t hear what he was saying because I was too shocked at what he was wearing. “Oh,” you say, “That might have been all he had to wear.” Not so! I have seen him on other occasions and even called an elder of a nearby church and recommended him as a possible located preacher for them.
Is there something wrong with me? I might have thought so, but then I thought about such TV personalities as David Letterman, Jay Leno, Jimmie Fallon and some of the others (who I don’t watch, by the way, but only see in passing). Why do you suppose they wear suits and ties to do their monologues? Haven’t they discovered, as we in the church seem to feel we have, that they have to dress down so that others would feel more comfortable watching their program and listening to what they have to say? Do I think for a minute they would come out to do their monologue in front of millions of people on television, and those in their studio audience, dressed like some of our preachers today? No, I don’t think they would, and I think if they did their ratings would go down tremendously.
Now granted, God isn’t looking on the dress as much as the heart of a person. I get that. But doesn’t God deserve the best we have to give, the best we have to wear? I think this relaxed dress is not fitting attire in the pulpits of our Lord in the richest country on earth. I think when preachers become so lackadaisical in their dress, they may lose the respect of those listening to what they are saying. Also, I dare say any preacher would attend a funeral wearing every day clothing.
Could it be that this is another example of the church conforming to the world’s standards and not desiring to give our best in every area of our lives to God?
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God (Romans 12:1-2).