Earlier this week, a Canadian Member of Parliament “showed up” (if you’ll pardon the expression) in the virtual House of Commons – an online meeting of our nation’s legislators – without clothing.
He claims it was accidental, and I’m not going to judge that one way or the other. You can read the news articles for yourself.
But it got me thinking about how God sees us.
We in western culture tend to like to dress to impress, and sometimes dress for the role we play, even if that means, in this age of online meetings, wearing something formal on top while wearing track pants (or less) on the bottom, which will not be seen (apparently, unless you’re that Member of Parliament!).
There was a time when church-goers would wear their “Sunday best”. Whether that was because of societal pressure, common tradition, or because they believed that giving God their best in worship included their dress code, one cannot be certain.
Nowadays, the garb worn to church tends to be a combination of what’s comfortable and what’s acceptable. If you’re limiting your worship attendance to online, you might be going to church in your pajamas, or in The Altogether! And that’s okay. Because while people may judge (though they shouldn’t), God does not – or so we surmise.
I think if there is one reason why we should not be too concerned with what people wear to worship (or wear, generally), it’s that God knows what we look like naked. He sees all of us: our beauty, our flaws, our inside and our outside. And he is still head-over-heels in love with us.
When it comes to “dress to impress”, we don’t need to do that with our Creator. He knows exactly what we look like without our suit from Rosen, our blouse from Laura, or our t-shirt from Walmart. And he loves us.
So if you’re going to clothe yourself to impress God or anybody else, try this: “Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God” (1 Peter 3.3-4, NLT).