I don’t actually wear a suit (in the sense of a jacket, tie, and pleated pants) every Sunday to church. By “suit,” I’m referring to my choice to wear my best clothing—to show reverence when entering a house of worship.
I don’t suggest in any way that wearing a “suit” will “dress up” anyone's soul or contribute to our holiness. However, it doesn’t mean that, if we are able, our appearance should be disregarded either.
There has been a trend in my everyday occupation as an attorney throughout the past 20 years. Both male and female attorneys are gradually dressing down for court proceedings.
When I first became an attorney, both sexes dressed up in suits without deviation.
Now, I regularly see male attorneys appear before a judge either without a tie or a jacket. I see female attorneys who dress even further down on occasion wearing casual sweaters and tights. At times, it is difficult to decipher the client from the attorney.
This perception is not to be judgmental, but only for necessary respect and reverence of the profession. One’s message or position can be compromised by outside appearance. Would we trust the judgment of a disheveled physician? The changes in dress are not isolated to the legal profession. This “dressing down” is a reflection of society as a whole.
Here are five reasons why I support dressing to show reverence at church:
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