COME…Just as you are. What does this mean to you? Come… rather you’re prepared, or not; implies that one should …just come… no matter the attire, their hygiene, their preparation… all…making no difference what-so-ever. If they’re going to Church, a Funeral, a Wedding, a Ordination, the Opera, a Graduation… or whatever…just come; because we are interested only as to…your presence. Sounds W-I-L-D to me.
Seemingly, men …now-a-days- like to wear their hair all messed up, with their dress shirts hanging out… yet with a jacket, and no socks; and when they do wear a “suit,” it seems to be 2 or 3 sizes “too small.” Women, it seems, like wearing tight-fitting-stretchable fabrics, saving little for the imagination; or skirts that are “so brief” that they belong in a “pole-bar.” Flip-flops, sandals, or no-shoes, seem to be acceptable footwear… for…almost…any occasion. What are we thinking?
There are no boundaries…just come as you are. 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…or other occasions of note. After all, what’s the harm? It seems that the “only time” appropriate attire is worn…is when we’re in the coffin.
So…My question is: 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. What would you be intending to wear to mark such an occasion?
Matthew 22: 11-13 adds a bit of drama….saying: “But when the king came in to look over the dinner guests, he saw a man there who was not dressed in wedding clothes, and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without wedding clothes?’ And the man was speechless. “Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’…
Today’s society… I believe, is far too casual, showing little respect for the older generation, those of authority, or position. We don’t seem to take much PRIDE in how we look, what we say, or even our silent demeanor. Our bodies look like road maps; our hair looks like we just came out of wind tunnel; our clothes are out of funny-papers; our vocabulary lacks kindness; our demeanor reflects our disregard.
I might add, too, that this “lack of respect” works on both sides of the spectrum. Something to think about….