Easter…or The Christian Prom?
In a lot of ways, Easter Sunday is like the Christian Prom. It’s a special day in the Spring when people who see each other all year long decide to dress up nicer than usual, attend a well-produced event, then go out to eat together afterwards…(and don’t forget quality photos with the crew in their “Sunday Best”). It almost becomes competitive with some participants, looking around to see who looks better in their pastels, judging one another with oooh’s, and ahhh’s.
For me, when it comes to dress up competitions, I always lose. A few years ago I wore shorts, a t-shirt, and flip flops to church on Easter in rebellion to the Christian Prom. I was swiftly rebuked by a veteran church goer. The person rebuking me said, “God deserves your best on Easter Sunday, are you giving God your best dressed like that?” I looked him in the eyes and said “I’m sorry, I’ll do better next time.”
But then next time rolled around. And I still didn’t want to dress pretty like everybody else. So I decided then that I would always be the most underdressed person in my church on Easter. I will not give my best to God, because contrary to religious belief, my best doesn’t actually please God. He’s not wowed by my clothes in the slightest. My “Sunday Best” is nothing more than filthy rags in God’s sight. (Isaiah 64:6)
So this Sunday I will be the same old me I always am…just a dude in a t-shirt.