Dreams can be a strange even bizarre experience! They don’t make sense. Such was one of my most recent dreams. I showed up at church and was met by a young woman on the front steps. We exchanged greetings and I headed on in. The doors were closed as the services had just started. I went in and sat on the back row of pews. Knowing I was to be the guest speaker and I had hurried to get there I slipped out the door to go to the rest room. (It has always been my practice to go there before any speaking engagement.)
It was in there when I noticed I didn’t have a shirt on. Even more alarming was I was still in my bright red sleeping pants! No time to run home. I reasoned I would just stand to the side of the pulpit out of reverence for the privilege of preaching. I woke up from this dream bothered and embarrassed. I can’t tell you the relief I felt when I came to myself and realized it was only a dream! Sigh!!
As I laid there I thought about how concerned I was for the “Window Dressing.” My appearance though in a dream troubled me. No thought about what really mattered. What about the message? What about the spiritual preparation for worship.
‘Window Dressing’ is a primary concern for most people who go to church today. Their ‘Window Dressing’ is about showing cleavage and wearing form fitting clothes. Modesty is thrown out. Women wear skirts so short they have to get a death grip of the hem on both sides as they sit down to keep from an over-exposure.
Men wearing fashionable clothes to make a statement. Some wearing pants so tight the threads cry out for a group effort among all threads to keep the material in tact. Mind you we’re here to worship Almighty God.
There are some ‘Window Dressings’ which need added to. More material and less exposure.
There are some ‘Window Dressing’ which need to be removed. For instance I’m all for improving your appearance. Adding makeup to your face in a fine thing. However it doesn’t interest me to go to church with a person whose vast amount of makeup is more appropriate for a trip to the circus as a Ringling Brother’s Barnum and Bailey clown act!
Here’s where I get the ‘Who are you to judge me’ remarks. I’m not trying to judge. I’m trying to say we take our Window Dressing more serious than the biblical teaching of apparel and engaging in worship.
I’m going take these words as a challenge to me. You get to decide how you wish to receive these words.
Until next time