As a worship leader in my church, I was recently approached by some of the members who were concerned about what I wore (usual t-shirt and jeans). They said it’s not the best way to represent an ambassador of Christ – which we are all called to do according to 2 Corinthians 5:20. I know that they have a good reason for this, but at first I didn’t understand why. But after doing some research, I think I have a better understanding on what the scriptures say on it.
It is interesting to see that the Scriptures mostly talk about how women should dress in church. Such as:
Deuteronomy 22:5 (ESV) “A woman shall not wear a man’s garment, nor shall a man put on a woman’s cloak, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God.
1 Timothy 2:9 (ESV) “Likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire,”
But what I find interesting is in 1 Corinthians 11:5-6 “ but every wife who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, since it is the same as if her head were shaven. For if a wife will not cover her head, then she should cut her hair short. But since it is disgraceful for a wife to cut off her hair or shave her head, let her cover her head.”
This is actually quite interesting because there are still churches in different countries that follow this and some don’t. Particularly in the Middle-east Asian church, where I see women covering their heads with a head scarf when praying or singing hymns to God. Should it be applied to everyone no matter what culture? To what extent are Biblical Scriptures suppressed by culture? Do we apply our culture to Biblical Scriptures or do we apply the Biblical Scriptures to our culture? (Anyway, that’s another topic to look at which also relates to my previous blog about kingdom culture).
Going back to the discussion, how important is the appearance of worship leaders and the worship team? There are verses in the Bible where it says that the Lord does not look at outward appearances but He looks at the heart. Does that mean that we can wear anything? Yes and No. Firstly, yes because I believe we are free to wear anything we want. But also no, because we should not wear something that would attract and distract the congregation; clothing that would draw negative attention to the people is inappropriate. We should make sure that what we wear draws attention to the surpassing greatness of God’s glory in Jesus Christ.
Having said that, here is a list of what every worship leader/musician should wear. It’s also one size fits all:
These are the things which were taken from Colossians 3:12 that are most important when leading the congregation to worship our Lord. May God bless you all, brothers and sisters.