Monday, February 7, 2011

I wore blue jeans to church

Yesterday I wore jeans to church.  Levis, to be precise.  I know a lot of people wear jeans to church.  There were a lot of people AT church in jeans yesterday.  My husband and sons wear jeans most Sundays.  So, I wore jeans and who cares, right?

Well, I did half-expect the building to get hit by lightning when I walked in, so that could be a cause for concern.

I don't think I have EVER worn jeans to church.  I don't mind that other people do.  Maybe it is just an old-fashioned tradition.  But I have always, since I was a child, "dressed up" for church.  I have certainly worn slacks, but they were dress slacks.  Growing up, I had "school clothes", "play clothes" and "dress clothes".  As an adult, I worked in offices that ranged from "office dressy" (pencil skirts, pumps, usually a jacket) to "office casual" (slacks, Dockers, casual skirts with low-heel or flat shoes).  But never jeans.  I did once work in an office where we could wear jeans on Friday, but someone got crazy and wore tennis shoes and that was the end of that.

Anyway, I have always LIKED to get dressed up on Sunday.  Especially now - I stay at home most days with the kiddos, and that means sweats.  The days I go into town it is jeans and a t-shirt.  When we go to any sort of event - it is jeans and whatever.  Dress 'em up with a fancier shirt and shoes, but still jeans. 

So this Sunday the parking lot at church still had a lot of ice on it, and I start thinking how ridiculous it is to try to find the right "dress shoes" to wear to walk across ice.  I need to wear casual, comfortable flats (with some traction).  Those usually don't look too hot with a dress.  So I thought.....I guess I could wear jeans.  I mentioned this to my husband.  He said, "I don't see why not, lots of people do, why wouldn't you?"  (It is funny sometimes how I can approach him with huge, life-changing issues and he seems oblivious to all that.)

Well, then, why wouldn't I?  Hmmmm, I don't know.  I like to think I always get dressed up as a sign of respect for church - that coming together to worship is worth getting dressed up for.  But I meet with other Christians all the time, and I don't dress up then.  We have fellowship every Wednesday night, with prayer, singing and Bible study, and I don't dress up for that, either. 

Could it be vanity?  A little pride slipping out?  That is a sin that God convicts me of, over and over. 

I watched a clip of Francis Chan a few weeks back, and he said he wore jeans on Sunday because he wore them every other day and he wanted to be the same person Sunday as the rest of the week.  He didn't want to be a different person when he showed up for church.  I know a lot of people who put on a "Sunday face" at church - we can all be nice and act like a Christian for 2 hours a week, right?  Okay, digressing there...but think about it - if I am to carry who I am out of that church building and into the world, if my life is not to have "compartments" (I have used a lot of " " in this post!) where I seperate the secular from the holy, then why would my closet have these same compartments?

Just some meandering thoughts. 

I will probably still wear skirts most of the time - mainly because I have a closet full of skirts and no where else to wear them!  I think the chickens would wonder what I was up to if I showed up all decked out to fill their feeders, you know.  And I just like them, especially when it gets warm outside.

But I don't HAVE to wear them.  I can wear a skirt, and a pair of heels, because I enjoy it, and because I want to, not because I feel some legalistic compulsion to OR ELSE.  I don't even feel the need to point out that they were new jeans, not particularily tight or immodest, or even bring up the safety issue of the ice on the parking lot.  Okay, so I did just bring them up, but I didn't HAVE to.  I am getting there.

Freedom.

8 comments:

  1. I can say in the past couple years... I've worn jeans to church too!!! LOL I really had a hard time with that a handful of years ago and it came down to a legalistic pride issue for me. Thanks for sharing. Good to know it isn't "just me" ;) ~Marnie

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  2. Embrace it. Jesus died so you could have it.

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  3. Legalistic pride issue is exactly it, Marnie. When I examine my heart and my motives, so often it comes back to that sin. Good to know it isn't just me, either!

    Susan, you got it.

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  4. I'm glad you described your search of your heart before making your decision. On the other hand there are people who start to make these same changes from a place of rebellion. Being free from legalism is a good thing, so long as it's being led by the Spirit.

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  5. I own only two skirts now. You know my story. Dresses only for 5 years. Now that the Lord showed me how legalistic I was being, I've gone totally the other way. I'm not against wearing dresses, I'll probably buy a couple dresses and skirts for spring and summer, because they are in fact cooler than jeans. But no...the church building won't crumble if you wear jeans to church. Jesus wants our hearts, not our clothing.

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  6. Ha! I just love you, Paula! Honestly, when I saw you Sunday I thought, "That Paula, she always looks sooo nice!" I didn't even notice that you were wearing jeans.

    But I totally know where you are coming from. Isn't it awesome learning more and more about our sin....and realizing more and more about grace??

    Here's some pride for ya. I wear skirts...b/c I think I look way fat in jeans! Major issues here...I know! :)

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  7. Well good for you - I never thought about it before in terms of being the same person you are the rest of the week, but really gets me thinking.

    I never wore pants to Sunday morning church until I was so big pregnant with E I had nothing else. Then I started working in the TV room and skirts quickly became a thing of the past, now I don't think I have any at all that fit. And I've even had to wear tennis shoes since my feet decided to pay me back last April for a lifetime of mistreatment. By no means am I immodest and I'm glad to have a God that looks at the heart.

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  8. BlessedTXMom - SusanFebruary 9, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    WOW! I could have written your post word for word. I just started wearing jeans on Sunday this year and I have only done it once. It just felt weird. Hugs, as we both learn and grow...

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