for some protestants it would be going to mass. What one waires to church depends on a lot of things none of them desinated in the Bible. So it would be culture that makes the diference. When and where I grew up it was sute and tie all the way, that means dresses. some churches expect their woman to wair not only dresses but deturmon the lanth, Amash always dress in 1800's style always. They also pay $3,000 for a buggy and drive a horse. I am told that in Hawaii that in some churches that people do wair shorts and aloha shirts. If you go for the first time few people will say any thing about how you dress, you might feel unconfortable. Many people and some who should know better equate all christians with the cathlic church. it is only one sect, many christians do not like the high church of the cathlics and do not respect the Pope as a spirital leader. I don't what ever he does does not effect me.
My question is: why wouldn't the Christian get changed before going? Shorts and tank tops are great on holiday, but most people wouldn't wear them into a church - some churches are pretty cold, anyway! If you go on holiday to an exotic location where you may be visiting places of worship as tourist sites, you often are asked to wear long trousers (or the kind that zip off to make shorts when you're out again) and to take a shawl to cover bare shoulders and possibly your head too. That's just respectful to other people's traditions.
If you want to push me for an answer, I'm sure it's much better to worship Jesus than to feel you can't because you're not dressed appropriately. But it would be polite to dress in a way that doesn't distract or upset the other worshippers.
You know...God loves you anyway. If going to church in tank and shorts is really what's in your heart to do then I guess you'll do it. The religious people will probably give you some nasty looks but the people who love regardless of what you are wearing will just love you.
Nobody here on earth is to be your judge... Did the woman who committed adultery get stoned? No...Jesus said "Let him who has not sinned, throw the first stone". Nobody could because we are not to be the judge of other people...we are to love. Anyway ...that's my take on that ...take care
"a TRUE christian wouldn wear them to a service"
Really? Is there a 'thou shalt not wear shorts and tank tops to church' commandment I missed?
Wear whatever you want. My church, for example, isn't the least bit formal. Our highschool service sees teens in halter tops, tube tops, shorts, jeans, dresses...Whatever people are COMFORTABLE wearing. What you're wearing is irrelevent. Let the elderly conservatives get angry if that's what they'd like to do. It has nothing to do with you and your worship.
Uhh...I'd go to church naked if I could.
All natural. Bearing the body God gave me.
It would be wrong for you to feel ashamed of your body, and get dressed into something else due to old traditions.
By changing your clothes for church, you would only be practicing hypocrisy and hiding your true, confident self!!
God would be proud for you to rebel against modern conventions of religion.
going in a tank top and short shorts would be worse but for a different reason. it smacks of disrespect. I don't attend church or temple ( it amazes me that most on this site on relate everything to christian churches, I was raised to say "place of worship" so as not to exclude) but if I did, I would dress in a respectful manner. why upset others? save the tank tops and shorts for days of fun with friends.
THE THING I LIKE ABOUT MY CHURCH IS WHEN I FIRST WENT I WENT WITH FOOTBALL JERSEY'S, SNEAKER,BOOTS BUT AS WE BEGIN TO PRAY,FELLOWSHIP READ THE WORD EVERYDAY GOD BEGINS TO SHOW YOU THAT GETTING DRESSED IS A RIGHTEOUS THING.THE PEOPLE NEVER TOLD ME TO GET DRUSSES UP THEY WREE HAPPY THAT I WAS COMING THAT GOD HAD GIVING THEM ANOTHER SOUL. LET GOD PUT THAT IN YOU YOUR A BABY IN CHRIST.
Or maybe something prevented them from getting changed, and it is either skip church, or go as you are. That was the original question.
My answer is, if people will be upset at the way you are dressed, and you don't want people upset at you, then just don't go.
a TRUE christian wouldn wear them to a service, however if one does you can pretty much figure their not a christian or they haven been raised in church to know that its wrong
I'm seriously not trying to mock anyone. I'm just wondering which is considered worse.
A Christian would certainly go dressed appropriately - nice try at mocking.