I know some of you out there prefer to be au naturel. I know many of you like nothing between you and the sheets when you sleep. And I know there are even those of you out there who spend as much time in the buff as possible. I may not see eye-to-eye with you on these preferences, but I can certainly, in some part of my mind, understand your argument that your birthday suit is more comfortable than any item of clothing.
But do you ever wonder if people take it too far?
There is a church in Virginia where the congregation worships in their birthday suits. They explain in this video that God doesn’t care what we wear to church; that it shouldn’t matter how you show up to church what matters is that you go. One of the congregationalists also explained that since several of the most important parts of Jesus’ life happened for him in the buff, we should worship the same way.
Part of me thinks it’s obviously wrong. Once Adam and Eve had eaten of the Tree of Knowledge, they realized they were naked and ashamed, and made clothing for themselves. So, there is something to be said of the tie between sin and nakedness. And I cannot deny the social norm that is being broken by this church. Additionally, in the New Testament we are told to avoid things that would make our brother stumble. For some, attending a church where everyone is naked may make them stumble or tempt them in ways that should be avoided (especially in church).
However, the other part of me wonders if it’s actually a moral issue. In the Old Testament, God called Isaiah to be naked for three years.
So, what do you think? Is this church honoring the Word of God by their choice to be naked during worship? Or is this congregation needing some redirection?