COME…Just as you are. We’ve all heard the expression…and to some extent…find comfort in its meaning. What does ‘it’ mean to you? Come…just as you are… rather you’re prepared, or not; implies that one should …just come… no matter the attire, their hygiene, their preparation… making no difference, if they’re going to Church, a Funeral, a Wedding, an Ordination, a Graduation… or whatever…just come; because we are interested only as to…your presence.
Seemingly, men… now like to wear their hair all messed up, with their dress shirts hanging out, yet with a jacket, and no socks. Why…I wonder? Women, it seems, like wearing tight-fitting-stretchable fabrics, saving little for the imagination. Flip-flops, sandals, or no-shoes, seems to be acceptable footwear. There are no boundaries…just come as you are. It should be…. “come in your best….whatever that might be.”
The one I still have trouble with is…what we wear to Church these days, as we seemingly…get caught up in the “changing times.” Again…no boundaries. Some of the attire belongs (if anywhere) at the beach, a summer outing, or ….your guess….but Church? It’s just another indication of how our values are deteriotiating. We are exchanging “worldly comfort” for “spiritual comfort.” Tradition vs. Contemporary. God vs. satan.
The Bible says in; 1 Samuel 16:7 – But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” Deuteronomy 22:5 – “A woman shall not wear a man’s garment, nor shall a man put on a woman’s cloak, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God. – 1 Timothy 2:9 – Likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire.
Don’t get me wrong, now…. I’m not slamming any particular group of people, rather, I am calling attention to the idea of “showing a little respect” when entering God’s House of Worship. So then… My question is this: If the Archangel Michael came down and said: Our Lord Jesus will be here at 9:00 o’clock in the morning for a visit… and wants to talk to ‘you.’ What would you wear?