Anyone remember when many professions had moral and appearance (most often tied together) guidelines for hiring and maintaining employees?
Today it can be difficult to tell the teacher or nurse from someone who just wondered in the door after waking up in an alley.
Tattoos, often vulgar and/or disgusting showing from various parts of their body. (Which some of those body parts showing with tattoos once weren't acceptable to be showing in these professions either!)
Ears with a half dozen piercings, nose rings, pierced eyebrows, lips and tongues.
Strange hair cuts and styles, sometimes with multiple and odd colors.
Often their speech and word usage mirrors their unkempt dress style and "bad part of town" looks and mannerisms.
This sort of thing has infiltrated churches too. Pastors, deacons, board members and the congregation proudly sporting their tattoos, piercings, odd hair styles and colors, unkempt dress, ghetto or gutter mannerisms. Sometimes these things are even held up as examples of Christian love, outreach, acceptance, growth. The congregation cheers for their pastors new, tiny cross tattoo below his eye inside a teardrop. The youth pastor sports a fancy looking cross tattoo on his forearm and speaks of how it opens doors to sharing the Gospel with younger folks.
Whatever happened to what was once called professionalism? Whatever happened to standards of deportment? Whatever happened to the expectation of certain professions holding to higher qualification standards?
I never thought this would happen in church....I was asked by the youth leader to speak to the children for 10 minutes at the beginning of the service. It was a Wednesday night and she would have different men of the church give lessons. I was in the small chapel downstairs, behind the pulpit, so I wore a button down shirt and tie. When I was done, I went upstairs to Bible study. I never had so many wierd looks. I thought I had something on me or my zipper was down. But after the service I had quite a few people make comments to me about the way I was dressed such as "whats the special occassion?" "are you lost?" "who you dressed up for?" and the one that blew my mind..."we don't dress like that on Wednesdays!".. I wasn't even wearing a suit coat, just a tie. I never thought I would be too dressed up for church! I remember when all the men wore ties to church.