What should one wear to church?
If you ask my mom, you need to look your absolute best when you enter the house of the Lord. No jeans. Nothing too tight. Nothing you could wear any ol’ day.
But if you ask me, I don’t really think God is that disturbed by what we wear to church. Of course, I’m all for being covered up in the sanctuary, but I don’t think a comfortable pair of jeans is an affront to all this holy.
So it’s crazy that Bishop T.D. Jakes’s decision to wear jeans to One Church LA on Sunday (the contemporary church son-in-law Touré Roberts and daughter Sarah lead) has garnered such a mixed response. They’re just jeans, right?
“The jeans are not age appropriate,” one IG critic stated. “End of story. Has nothing to do with him being a minister. If my dad wore these jeans, I would be mortified. There are plenty of styles out there that would be more flattering on the Bishop.”
“Jeans itself is not a sin, to wear them to follow a trend is when it becomes a sin,” another said.
“Why can’t we respect the holy day…All he asked for is one day, but most will still wear clothes that they wear to parties,” one woman argued. “If you can’t respect the temple that is suppose[sic’ to be kept holy. What do you respect?”
“I mean the bible doesn’t give us direct counsel on exactly what we should wear to our bible meetings but think about this… We dress way better for job interviews and this kind of look would be considered unprofessional, so wouldn’t we always want to display our best for God?” another man said. “Just a thought. Not judging. Everybody has the right to make their decisions on dress.”
But Bishop Jakes was ready for his detractors. He stated that if people were as concerned with more important matters as they are his decision to wear jeans for one Sunday to the church in LA that he visited, the world would be a better place.
“I certainly want to comply with the word,” Bishop Jakes said. “I just missed the one about jeans in the pulpit.”
“When all else fails send everybody to hell who disagrees with you about blue jeans! Smh”
“I just can’t believe this has been debated by two or three antagonist all night! You don’t have the right to dress me! You do have the right not to like it. I probably might not like something u wear. That’s fine! If we just mind our own business, the whole world would be better!”
“I wish we had this much passion for the murders in Chicago, or those who are suffering in our cities. When I make post about helping the needy I don’t hear from many of you at all. You all seem to know what Jesus would wear but have no interest in what He would do! @art_vsz While you debate my jeans, tell em where you stand on women wearing make up, or female pastors. This kind of legalism is why so many frown on people of faith! In a word, get out of my closet and help the people in your cities! The homeless don’t care what any of us wear. Those suffering w cancer and disease don’t either. But you’ve spent your time arguing about something that is irrelevant! Most of the antagonist don’t even follow me anyway! Go back to your world and DO GOOD FOR GOD!”
People…continuously focused on the wrong things. Let’s not be so focused on some pants that we can’t appreciate the important messages being shared by the individual wearing them. Like this one: