Posted 12 September 2009 - 12:00 PM
It's bizarre that on a LDS Gospel Discussion thread, there would be 13 pages of people's various opinions regarding which clothing is correct/incorrect for sacrament meeting. None of this is really Gospel-truth. If a non-member came to this site looking for truth about what the LDS church is about, would you truly want them to come across 13 pages of opinions--few of which go back to what God has to say on the matter? God's Word has something to say, either very specific or in principle, about everything we encounter in life. Even the issue of how we dress. 1 Timothy 2:9 says, "I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God." In a society where those kinds of things (gold, pearls, expensive clothes) were a luxury, I don't believe Paul was saying those things were banned from worship, but that displaying those things proudly should not be a woman's focus--she should focus instead on displaying good deeds. So, MODESTY is taught. But so is the importance of a non-judgemental spirit. James 4:12 says, "There is only one Law-giver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you--who are you to judge your neighbor?" God's Word also says that God doesn't look at the outer appearance, He looks at the heart. He sees that as the more important thing. It seems like these are things that between Brothers and Sisters in the Lord who have relationships with one another, we should learn to speak the truth to each other in love, and live according to the Word of God, not making up our own Laws and holding our church family to those Laws. If someone has truly sinned against us (wearing something immodest that has caused us to sin), we are called to go to them (Matthew 18:15--"If a brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you...") and tell them. If they listen to us and ask for forgiveness, we have reconciliation! I think there needs to be more of this in the church. Truth, love, confession, forgiveness, reconciliation. Otherwise we will judge each other, become bitter, seek to control others, create our own set of laws to judge and condemn others by, and God's family becomes broken. God longs for us to have UNITY.