[Update 8:11 pm: there WAS a woman who wore pants to church at 9 am in New Zealand. Alisa wrote about her experience here. And there are probably others, too; what I like is that we early pants-wearing church-goers can tell the rest of you that it's okay and we made it out alive with our pants intact! lol We'll let you know what the end of the world looks like too on December 21; if we get decimated, you'll have some extra hours to prepare for the end.]
For more about why this event was proposed, please see Joanna Brooks’ article, here. I live on Majuro Atoll in the Marshall Islands, where my husband is stationed as a Foreign Service Officer, and we are nineteen hours ahead of Utah and the first time zone west of the International Date Line.
“For behold, the Spirit of Christ is given to every person, that he or she may know good from evil; wherefore, I show unto you the way to judge; for everything which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God.“But whatsoever thing persuadeth people to do evil, and believe not in Christ, and deny him, and serve not God, then ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of the devil; for after this manner doth the devil work, for he persuadeth no person to do good, no, not one; neither do his angels; neither do they who subject themselves unto him.“And now, my brethren and sisters, seeing that ye know the light by which ye may judge, which light is the light of Christ, see that ye do not judge wrongfully; for with that same judgment which ye judge ye shall also be judged.“Wherefore, I beseech of you, brethren and sisters, that ye should search diligently in the light of Christ that ye may know good from evil; and if ye will lay hold upon every good thing, and condemn it not, ye certainly will be a child of Christ.”
I had a very edifying day at church, and what I wore had nothing to do with it. Among the Marshallese people, where life is so different from how I have grown up, I see that this world is big enough to accept a plurality of opinions and cultural traditions. If the Church’s mission is to talk of Christ, rejoice in Christ, preach of Christ, and prophesy of Christ, then we can open our hearts to those whom we consider to be the Other. As members of the church, who are often represented as different parts of the same body, we can allow for needed differences and we can cling to Christ instead of our own biased worldviews. Let us open our hearts up wide as eternity and make space on the pew for those who are different, in whatever way, in whatever clothing, in whatever culture.