Is God liberal? Should Church goers conform to the changing times? What should Christians do in a time when liberal ideas seem to outshine religious practices? This is the dilemma Christians are facing today. However, the underlying principles of Christianity have not changed. Some are as old as time, while others are as new. Behavior of Christians is one of the oldest practices. In today's world, the behavior of a Christian is misunderstood.
Many Christians are torn between the ways of the world and what Christianity demands. So what is it that Christianity demands from its followers? Should this behavior be limited to the Church or extended into work places? Let us delve deeper into how to act in church to glorify God.
1 Timothy 3:14 and 15 says:
These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly: But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
Parents today have let the formal education system teach their children everything including how to behave in church. This, in most cases, leads to adults with little knowledge about how to behave in Church. It is important for children, and adults to learn how to behave in the presence of God. These are some common practices that all Church goers should do in the glory of God.
1. Dressing appropriately
These Bible verse explain exhaustively how you should dress in Church.
- Timothy 2:9-10 Paul said:
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.
- 1 Peter 3:2-5:
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful.
- Deutoronomy 22:5:
The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God.
- Proverbs 11:22:
Like a gold ring in a pig's snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.
- Proverbs 31:25:
She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
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In Mathew 6:22-24, the Bible says:
The eye is the lamp of the body. You draw light into your body through your eyes, and light shines out to the world through your eyes. So if your eye is well and shows you what is true, then your whole body will be filled with light. 23 But if your eye is clouded or evil, then your body will be filled with evil and dark clouds. And the darkness that takes over the body of a child of God who has gone astray—that is the deepest, darkest darkness there is.
If your dressing causes any church member to develop sinful thoughts then that dressing is not for the glory of God. This applies to both genders.
2. Be punctual and neat
Arriving late is disrespectful, both at work and in Church. The essence of going to Church is to fellowship and learn more about God. However, if you miss a significant part of the summon, you then defeat the point. These are some of how to behave in church Bible verses about keeping time include:
- 1 Corinthians 14:40
But let all things take place decently and by arrangement.
- Ecclesiastes 3:1-22
- Philippians 2:3-4
Do nothing out of contentiousness or out of egotism, but with humility consider others superior to you as you look out not only for your own interests, but also for the interests of others.
As a church goer, you need to be neat and presentable. You should wash yourself, and prepare yourself adequately before going to church.
Church warns choir about dance
Recently, a Church has been on the spotlight for warning a choir member on dancing style. In a print out by the Church, the choir member was said to be pulling dancing moves that are deemed ungodly. The Church, identified as branch of the First Baptist Church in Agbede, area of Edo state, has not been shy to warn its members against behavior that they think is not appropriate.
In the viral statement, the Church said that it will keep a keen eye on the choir member to see if she will continue to dance using the moves she has been warned against. If she continues, she will have to face the disciplinary committee for stern disciplinary action.
As a Christian, your actions, and words should glorify God. You should practice what you preach and vice versa. Your lifestyle should be for the glory of God. The Church serves as a worship place and should be respected. Observe good behavior by doing what pleases God, and not men.