Re: Daily Devotional; formerly Chaplains Corner
I found that bit of research to be rather refreshing, pipeman - a bit of significance outside of the norm.
Many churches have a dress code. Oh, it is not written down in the bylaws, at least not in most cases, but it is indeed there. If you notice that everyone is wearing a tie, then you can rest assured that you will be expected to wear one also.
In the many years I spent in the work force, I was exposed to numerous dress codes. As a Factory Rep. who worked on dirty greasy machinery at customer locations, I was forced to wear a white shirt, tie, and jacket. As an Engineer, the dress code changed with the management; everything from suit only to blue jeans was acceptable at one time or another.
I once read about a cool dress code in South Padre Island, a resort area just off the coast of Texas:
No ties allowed!
No joke. The first time you're caught wearing a tie, they give you a warning. But if they catch you again, they'll fine you, take your tie away and destroy it! The dress code says "The very appearance of a tie causes a discordant note for our visitors." Sounds like my kind of place!
God tells us of his contempt for fancy dress:
Isaiah 3:16-24 (KJV);
"Moreover the LORD saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet: Therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the LORD will discover their secret parts. In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments about their feet, and their cauls, and their round tires like the moon, The chains, and the bracelets, and the mufflers, the bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and the tablets, and the earrings, The rings, and nose jewels, The changeable suits of apparel, and the mantles, and the wimples, and the crisping pins, The glasses, and the fine linen, and the hoods, and the veils. And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet smell there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle a rent; and instead of well set hair baldness; and instead of a stomacher a girding of sackcloth; and burning instead of beauty."
God couldn't care less what we have on the outside; he cares about what is on the inside.
May God bless you, guys -
Reason given by one of Obama's more intellectual supporters when asked why she voted for him:
"He gave me a PHONE!!"