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.
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.)