Christians Appalled Over Women's Church Attire
ChristiaNet.com, a large Christian portal with eight million monthly page loads, recently asked, "Do today's women dress appropriately for church?" President of ChristiaNet, Bill Cooper, responds, "Most believers feel that women should dress conservatively, rather than in revealing or sensual attire, which may cause the opposite sex to lust."
Out of 2,700 Christians surveyed, an overwhelming 60% felt that women's attire should not be revealing in or out of the church, especially at the risk of tempting men. One respondent stated, "Absolutely NOT! Even some women, who call themselves Christians, often dress like prostitutes: short shorts, low-cut tops, backless dresses, flip-flops, etc. The Bible directs us to dress modestly, having respect for our bodies and dressing in a manner that honors our Lord." Most Christians feel that dressing immodestly is also irreverent. "We wouldn't be able to see the President of the United States or the Queen of England dressed in that type of fashion. Let's respect God and His house and dress properly to please Him. For the past several years, attending church has been more like walking into a whorehouse than a house of worship."
Twenty-five percent of those surveyed felt that most women dress appropriately for church, and warned against judging according to the outer appearance. One believer remarked, "God is not looking at the way we dress, but at the attitude of our heart. Others take a more liberal attitude toward church attire, especially for youth." An open minded survey taker said, "Allowing young people to worship in casual clothes brings more of them into the church. I believe that attending church is more important than what they wear."
Fifteen percent of those polled were unsure about what constitutes appropriate worship attire. One insightful respondent cited several reasons why women might fail to dress appropriately: "It depends on a few issues. Different cultures influence how we dress. People who are spiritually immature may not realize the impact their attire has on others." Church leaders and pastors should teach congregations how to glorify God in their attire, without assuming that members already know how to dress appropriately.
To help educate Christians, ChristiaNet has just released a free Purity Quiz. Using the latest interactive technology, one can test their Biblical knowledge on issues facing the Christian Community.