Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Would Jesus wear slacks?
Here's the thing.
On Sunday, I had an unusual morning in that I was not preaching or leading the service. So I arrive at church in a joyous and free demeanor in my jeans. For some unfathomable reason, our dress code is that we wear non-jeans and we look what, in dreadful modern sartorial vernacular, is called 'smart-casual'. A mark of my 'gas-mark three' evangelicalism perhaps?
As it turned out, my Sunday was far from a rest. Trevor, who was due to lead the service, was called up to the band due to a lack of a guitarist and I was sent in to bat with 30 seconds notice to lead the service and communion.
All went well as it happens. Not bad I thought from a standing start. Give yourself a pat on the back.
This was the feedback. (This of course did not come to me directly-we are remember Anglicans).
Could I please not wear jeans when I minister communion?
Three people fed this back to our church office.
Fawn slacks yes jeans no?
Now of course I know that some might be offended by my jeans. Maybe I do indeed look offensive in jeans. Many under 40 would suggest the reverse and are deeply offended by the very existence of the slack. What if I too am deeply, unbearably traumatized by the beige slack?
(I could at this point make a case for liturgical robes as some might but I won't)
But my big question is why no jeans?
Can anyone tell me where in the New Testament there is a distinction made in dress between slacks and jeans at the Lord's supper? Khaki allowed but denim bad. Sounds a bit Levitical to me?
Is this a real issue that should concern me or is it, as I suspect, religion?
The preacher as it happens was wearing a T-shirt and 3/4 length shorts? Mandated dress for bread and wine but not for preaching God's word?
Should I wear jeans next time or return to beige slack mediocrity?
What trousers would Jesus wear? Linen perhaps given the weather