A few years ago I attended a Mormon church down the block from my home. I checked their website before going. Glad I did! On their page, the Latter-Day Saintsâ€™ (LDS) website suggested wearing â€œSunday bestâ€ for those attending Sacrament Service.
What is your â€œSunday best?â€
OK, I did wear nice clothes: creased pants, shined shoes, and I was color-coordinated. What a guy.
Iâ€™d rather not go â€œfancyâ€ to worship, though itâ€™s more than an LDS website that challenges me. I can easily hear the echo of my parentsâ€™ voices . . . make sure to dress for the occasion!
I think of the passing mention about what Jesus wore in John 19:23. When the soldiers at the cross divided Jesusâ€™ garment, the Gospel said it was, â€œseamless, woven in one piece from the top.â€
In my long-ago Sunday school days (of course always wearing my parents-required Sunday best) I assumed the garment must have been â€œspecial.â€ Nope. Common clothes. Jesus wore what everyone else wore. Simple. Plain. Far from â€œspecial.â€
What is â€œSunday best?â€ I say, come as you are. Simple. Plain.
And back to the LDS. In a Newsweek article (Feb. 11, 2008), the then recently deceased LDS President Gordon B. Hinckley was remembered and appreciated. A quote about him said, â€œHe implored people to be betterâ€”to be kinder, more forgiving, more inclusive. And he led by tireless example.â€
That, I think, is the best â€œSunday bestâ€ to wear. Not clothes, but wearing and living out a humble attitude and honest faith.