I really want you guys, especially North American readers, to click the comment section on this one, okay?
Church has changed a lot in the past 15-20 years. In many churches, the music rocks, parishioners are dressed workplace casual, people sip coffee during the sermon, and drama often replaces formal liturgy. A mainstream blogger writes:
There was a time when all men wore hats, they knew how to wear them and they knew when to wear them. They also knew when to remove them. There was a certain hat etiquette that everyone followed. Generally, a man did not wear a hat indoors, and there were no exceptions, except in lobbies or hallways of office buildings. A man could keep his hat on in the elevator, except if a lady were present. A man never — ever — wore a hat in a movie, restaurant or concert theatre. Ever. Under any circumstances. Besides, hats were the reason that restaurants, theatres and concert halls had hat checks. Men were supposed to check their hats at the door. “May I take your hat, please?”
So what about men (and boys) wearing baseball caps in church? Traditionally, one removed their hat in formal settings, but modern church services ain’t exactly formal.
So two questions in particular:
- Does the rule still apply?
- Should a church directly confront — as one did here last month — a young man in his 30s over his hat wearing?
Maybe you find this trivial, but take 30-seconds to let your voice be heard.