Fijian churchgoers (men) are being requested to in favour of skirts in order to please God.
The article says:
“The ban is meant to bring good luck to the island as we respect the day of the Lord,”… “You can see that often misfortune befalls us because we don’t respect His commandments that there be no work performed on Sunday except worship.”
Fortunately some are not conforming:
A villager who wished not to be named said the ban was “too restrictive”. “We can’t understand how wearing a sulu vakataga on Sunday will help us forge closer relations with the divine,” he said.
Its interesting that I look at this today with bemusement yet it wasn’t so long ago as a kid growing up in Belfast that we had similar rules. Ties were worn to church, no work was done and nothing was bought. We still have some of these rules in places now but a little more subtly eg. worship leaders must dress ‘up’ to be on stage because that is honoring God etc. I wonder what God would do if we didn’t dress up to sing?… Personally I don’t think he’d give a rodent’s backside. I think our rules tend to me more of our own making. FWIW I don’t mind when we frame these as ‘our rules’, but when we try to give them a biblical basis then I get very edgy.
I am fairly confident that these days we still get faith and superstition a little confused by seeking to do things that have little biblical currency but which make us feel like we are ‘performing’ better. My hunch is that there is a strong connection between legalism and superstition and that those bound with legalism will have quirky beliefs derived from a poor concept of God.
This will inevitably lead to a ‘folk religion’ kind of faith where we impose on God and scripture what we feel is the best way to follow.
Back to Galatians…