Sunday Best

“Sunday Best” brings to mind shopping, an air of excitement, crisp pressed creases and frilly ruffles. It’s black and white. It is pomp and display.

It is also orchestration, etiquette and decorum. “Sunday Best” is order brought about by protocol and expectations.

And so, “Sunday Best” also brings to mind a certain uncomfortable stiffness.

We’ve thrown off the “come in your best” standard for church attendance, and pretty much adopted “come as you are” in a wholesale way. In my own childhood, polishing our dress shoes on a Saturday night was ritual. Now we try to enforce: “No shirt, no shoes, no (worship) service.”

I hope these changes mean significant gains in grace. I hope we’ve learned well that God looks past the lapel to the heart. But I wonder if our gains in grace have been matched by losses in the area of holiness.

Leviticus feels more than a little stiff. You might say “absolutely stifling!” Okay, I won’t argue with that. It’s a world away from western Christianity in the 21st century. It’s a covenant away from the New Covenant in Christ Jesus.

But Leviticus remains God word to us. Studying Leviticus will make sure that while we worship informally, we never worship casually.

Sunday Best 1SundayBest
I Fought the Law . . . 2LawToday
Welcome in God’s Holy Presence 3Burnt
Self-Sufficient . . . to Some Extent 4Grain
Whoop It Up! 5Peace
Insidious Sin 6Pure
Unholy Clutter 7Reparation
So You Want to Be a Priest 8Consecrate
Then the Fire Fell 9FireFall
Don’t Play with Fire  10StrangeFire
Squeaky Clean 11Clean
Clean Sweep 12CleanSweep
The Sanctity of Life 13SanctityLife
Sex and the City 14SexCity
The Law and Love 15HolyLove

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