Watch the video…
I know that the guy on the left reflects everything about Christianity that is bothersome to so many of us. He is a cliche of Christianity. He has the suit on, the WWJD bracelet, etc. They are making him out to be a that dimwitted Christian that so many within Christianity loath. He is the one that really knows nothing, but looks good on the outside.
The problem is that I’m not sure I like the attacks by the guy on the left. He is reflective of those who think we need to throw out all that is Christianity, and start over. He is not even calling himself a Christian, but a “Christ follower.” This, of course, is supposed to show a break from “normal” Christianity. Yet, if you are truly a “Christ follower” then you are a Christian, and you cannot break free from the past. Jesus did not die on the cross to allow us to become free from the past of His church. Listen to Paul’s words from the book of Ephesians 2:19-22
Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
Paul’s words are showing us that we are members of the same household. No matter what you may think about the guy on the left, if he is a true believer, then he too is a member of the household of God, even though he may be misguided in what makes him a Christian.
As for their clothing, I do hate this line of thinking. The man on the left thinks that he is a Christian because he is wearing a suit. The guy on the right, thinks he is above any of that, and is superior because he is going to church “just the way he is.” This shows a fundamental flaw in the understanding of those at his church. What is that flaw? That when you are meeting with Jesus, you are merely meeting your friend.
Yes, I do not deny that for true believers, Jesus is our friend. But He is much more than that. He is our Creator, Redeemer, and Mediator. He is holy beyond all measure, and how we meet with Him shows a lot of what we really believe about Him. We are meeting in the presence of a holy God and our outward appearance should reflect the reality that we are taking this meeting with the Holy God of creation seriously. The guy on the right is demeaning to Christ by treating the encounter with God as nothing more than a trip to the dentist.
No, our clothing does not make us holy. But it does reflect our attitude. And we need to think serious about what it is that we are doing when we meet with God, in His holy of holies. We learn these principles from the Old Testament and the cleansing rituals that the priests went through before meeting with God on behalf of the people. The rituals were to remind them of how sinful man is, and the need to be cleansed by the Spirit of God, through His word. We are in need of cleansing, both inwardly and outwardly.
Another way to look at this is by asking: “how would you dress if you were to meet with the President of the United States, or the Queen of England?” Most people admit that they would dress up. Then, why not dress up for the King of kings? He is by far more holy and important than those two.
The other illegitimate charge made in the video is that Jesus worshiped on Saturday, therefore we should too. This, again, shows the ignorance of the man on the right. Granted, the man on the left was shown to be ignorant to. But the church represented by those on the right are ignorant of why we meet on Sunday.
We do so because the early church met on Sunday, since it was the LORD’s Day, the First Day of the week, the day He arose from the grave. Our worship on this day is reflective of the knowledge that through Christ’s death and atoning work, He redeems us and begins the redemption of the new heavens and new earth. The Sabbath was on Saturday, the final day of the week to point back to God’s work of Creation. The Lord’s Day is on the first day of the week pointing forward to that which is to come, the new heavens and the new earth, the new creation.
I know that this church probably thinks they are on the cutting edge, with their new worship and new attitude. But once again, they are distancing themselves from the body of Christ in doing so. If the man on the right was truly a brother in Christ, he would have been more concerned about helping the brother on the left grow in maturity, instead of making fun of him by rolling his eyes. What does this say to the visitor that shows up to this church… wearing a… gasp, a suit and tie? How will he be treated??? Will they say that the one wearing a suit is bound by tradition and not there for true worship because he fits the dress code of so many “other” churches? Or will he learn, that yes, there is a dress code, but a suit and tie are not a part of that dress code? Hhm?