“They say a man should always dress for the job he wants…” (feel free to hum the tune)

Last night I sat down to watch a little football on TV and noticed something that started the neurons flying around in my brain. Both sets of football announcers, one on ESPN (calling the college game) and the other on NBC (calling the Steelers and Titans), were apparently required to wear shirts and ties to provide play-by-play and color commentary for their respective networks. What made this interesting to me was the fact that we are living in a world where pastors (apparently to relate to their congregations) are more apt to be found in a polo shirt, or some ghastly Hawaiian shirt to preach the Gospel.

My question is: Don’t NBC and ESPN desire to relate to their viewers? (Granted, Keith Olbermann works for NBC and can only relate to the few people who believe that ACORN is a politically non-aligned public service organization, but I digress.) These networks must relate to their audiences so well that they can sell advertising, and yet no Hawaiian shirts are ever seen except at the Pro Bowl (which no one watches anyway).

Why do the networks require a shirt and tie? My guess is that they want to leave the impression that what the announcers are saying is important. Don’t misunderstand what I am trying to propose. I am not saying that pastors need to have hair like Benny Hinn and a $1200 suit like many of the televangelists wear, but I would like to remind every pastor that we are representing the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, and that since we “preach Christ crucified…the power of God and the wisdom of God,” (1 Cor. 1:23-24) we should dress accordingly when we do so.



  1. Michael Lightfoot said,

    September 11, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Well put Clifton. I think what’s you’ve described is part of a larger move to take the churchiness out of church. We want everyone to ‘feel’ comfortable. However, I’ve not found where the Bible considers our feelings in conjunction with God’s prescription for our worship.

    On a related note, if you find football announcers in black robes, let me know. That would be interesting to see. 🙂

  2. Ellis Hayden said,

    September 15, 2009 at 9:19 AM

    Thanks Clifton for “ad-dressing” this issue. When is the NFL going tell Bellicek to quit cutting off the sleeves of his sweatshirt?

    • cliftonr said,

      September 15, 2009 at 10:00 AM

      I believe that the NFL is afraid to tell Bellicek anything. Apparently, he is different than Jim McMahon (if you remember that brouhaha). (Nice pun, by the way) ;^)

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