And Now for Something Completely Different: No Street Clothes on Sunday

Rusty - November 14, 2005

I’ve taken some heat on-line for not letting my kids wear street clothes on Sundays. We wear a lot of long-sleeve white shirts and dark trousers, but they’re always tucked in. Interestingly, my kids don’t complain about it. You’d expect the complaints of “Jimmy gets to wear jeans on Sundays, why can’t I?” but frankly it never happens. The kids know the only street clothes I allow are gray socks (and the occasional paisley tie), so they don’t ask. And you know what — my kids sure do read a lot of scriptures and are always well-behaved during Family Home Evening, so I must be doing something right. It’s kind of fun to hear them tell their friends they shouldn’t be wearing hoodies on Sundays.

Well, now we have a new study that shows that the amount of Mormons wearing street clothes on Sundays has nearly doubled in seven years.

I quote from the story:

One main concern of church leaders is whether the proliferation of street clothes on Sunday is contributing to unrigheousness. Last year, a Russ Corp. survey of 1,792 adolescents found that teens who wore jeans on Sunday were almost twice as likely to avoid scripture reading than teens who didn’t.

And again:

The results from the Lou Midgley Fondue Foundation also found that the number of trucker hats and flip-flops nearly doubled since 1998, while dark polyester pants were on the wane.

Anybody willing to join me in only wearing church clothes all day on Sundays? How about making sure that your kids only have one pair of jeans, with no holes, worn on Wednesday so they can’t wear them without your knowledge? What do you say?

NOTE: On another thread that discussed this issue, some people who work in fashion commented that we should not blame the clothing. Their point is valid. Street clothes in themselves are not evil — it is the day of the week that is evil. The television or the internet are not evil, but people put them to evil uses every once in a while. So, I will start wearing street clothes on Sunday again when the preponderance of Sabbath righteousness and scripture reading are uplifting and positive. That day will come… during the Millennium!

(NOTE: Most of this post is plagiarized from here. In other words, this post is parody.)

18 Comments »

  1. I’m with you Rusty. And on the years we have afternoon church, my kids must be wearing their Sunday best before they can eat breakfast.

    Comment by Tim J. — November 14, 2005 @ 5:05 pm

  2. L. O. L.

    Comment by J. Stapley — November 14, 2005 @ 6:42 pm

  3. Rusty,
    I’m not sure that antagonistic sarcasm is an effective means of persuasion. If the purpose of discourse is to broaden our view on a subject caustic comments don’t help. You took exception to Geoff B’s comments on watching TV and you may well have a point. But rather than considering your point I would think it more likely a seige mentality sets in because of the way the point was delivered.

    Comment by Porteous — November 14, 2005 @ 7:01 pm

  4. My Armani-wearing kids can beat up your gray-socked, paisley-sporting sinners any Sunday, and that’s exactly what will happen if your unholy hooligans wander onto our street. Gotta keep the neighborhood pure.

    Comment by will — November 14, 2005 @ 7:06 pm

  5. Rusty, you don’t even wear white shirts on Sunday…maybe black slack though…so I’m sure your kids, when you have them, will see your example and wear whatever. But they still will read their scriptures and not watch the football game their father is watching….just like when you were growing up at home.

    Comment by don — November 14, 2005 @ 8:28 pm

  6. Cracked. Me. Up.!

    Comment by meems — November 14, 2005 @ 8:59 pm

  7. Porteous,
    You’re right, except that I’m not really trying to persuade anyone to not wear street clothes on Sunday. My point is that this line of reasoning is completely ridiculous. That’s all.

    FWIW, I commented in that thread that I actually applaud his personal decision to lead his family in the way that he feels that the Lord is directing him/them. I made a few other similar (complimentary) comments to which he never responded.

    Comment by Rusty — November 14, 2005 @ 10:15 pm

  8. Rusty,

    I am definitely holier and more righteous than thou.

    I require my kids to wear church clothes all day on Sunday, even including general conference Sundays. The metal folding chairs we provide for them to sit on also contribute to the overall wonderful spirit in our home.

    Go and do thou likewise.

    Comment by Mark IV — November 15, 2005 @ 9:21 am

  9. I heard Madonna’s next childrens book is about a little boy who wears street clothes on Sunday.

    Comment by Kurt — November 15, 2005 @ 9:28 am

  10. I pretty much wear pajamas if I’m home. I never made my kids dress up all day. I think that’s just unnecessary and will probably give your kids one more unimportant thing to rebel against.

    On the other hand, I had an epiphany yesterday. My 23 year old nephew is staying with us (with his python, no less). He’s a nice kid, clean cut and well behaved. I was thinking that I might not let my other nephew stay with me. He has tattoos and a long goatee and a bald head. He’s a really nice kid, too.

    So appearance counts. Even if we don’t want it to.

    Do I contradict myself? I say again, “very well, then…”

    Comment by annegb — November 15, 2005 @ 11:55 am

  11. Boy, I’m glad you included the disclaimer at the end. Since I’m fairly new to the realm, I thought, “whew, this guy puts a little too much starch in his shirts.” Actually, I feel a little sheepish that I fell into the trap.

    Also, I hear that the Lou Midgley Fondue Foundation are just a bunch of cheese-heads.

    Comment by FaithHopeLove — November 15, 2005 @ 12:45 pm

  12. Yes, thanks for the disclaimer. My satire radar is apparently down, as your post was starting to give me a stomach ache. You sounded just like my sister-in-law, who unfortunately, is not joking. Poor kids.

    Comment by Sue — November 15, 2005 @ 12:55 pm

  13. Being aware of the post Rusty was paroding, I was going to suggest that there not be a disclaimer just to see what people thought and what kind of comments there would be. But I guess that is the result of living in a post-bannergate bloggernacle. :)

    Comment by Tim J. — November 15, 2005 @ 1:14 pm

  14. Anybody willing to join me in only wearing church clothes all day on Sundays?

    Nope. I wear a football jersey (usually Colts or Bengals), and a pear of sweatpants.

    But I do leave my Sunday socks on!

    Also, I hear that the Lou Midgley Fondue Foundation are just a bunch of cheese-heads.

    Good to hear there are some Green Bay Packers fans over in that group. They could use it.

    Comment by David J — November 15, 2005 @ 1:31 pm

  15. “The metal folding chairs we provide for them to sit on also contribute to the overall wonderful spirit in our home.”

    So that’s what I’m missing…

    Comment by Bob Caswell — November 15, 2005 @ 4:34 pm

  16. My question is, if you are spending some “quality time” with your spouse on a Sunday afternoon, do you keep your white shirt and tie on? Or just your Sunday socks?

    Comment by Mark B. — November 15, 2005 @ 5:05 pm

  17. Mark B,
    Now now, this is a PG-13 rated blog (because the Prophet says no R-rated blogs), you better keep those jokes for your Sunday meetings.

    Comment by Rusty — November 15, 2005 @ 5:49 pm

  18. LOL! Once my parents realized their attempt to instill a day-long Sabbath reverence into their rambunctious children by forcing them to wear their Sunday clothes all day was resulting in a lot of expense to replace ripped dresses and grass stained shirts, with no appreciable difference in their childrens’ Sunday demeanor, we were let off the hook.

    Comment by Elisabeth — November 15, 2005 @ 6:10 pm

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