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1 Cor. 4:20
It is said, "Dressing up shows reverence and respect.  Wouldn’t we wear our best for a meeting with the President or our business associates?  Then we should wear our best for God."

This kind of reasoning is heard more frequently and more loudly and invites a host of questions.

Does the Bible teach that reverence and respect is shown by dressing up?  Doesn't "best," as we use it, mean "expensive?"

Is this how the Holy Spirit defines "best?" Weren't the women who wore the elaborate hairstyles and gold jewelry in the first century wearing their "best?"  Why weren't they applauded for their reverence?

Do the President and God use the same values in judging us?  Or are you simply



assuming that the Lord must be like the President? 

If my "best" suit is a tuxedo, wouldn't I be showing “great reverence” by wearing it?

Was the "poor man in ragged clothes" irreverent?  If reverence and respect is really shown by dressing up, why are we not “dressing up” on Wednesday nights?  Or for home Bible studies?  Or all the time? 

Does the Lord only require us to be reverent on Sunday’s? 

Are we trying to impress God?  Or maybe our fellow Christians? 

Do you actually think God will favor you more and help you grow spiritually because you are wearing a nice dress or a suit and tie?  See: Dressing up for church
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“Dressing Up”