In the other thread about Sunday wear - several views have been brought up. Rev Mitchell stated that the Cowboy culture is different - some cowboys may not even own a suit and tie and ect. Now lets look at this perspective. Several years ago, I had a pastor who was a missionary to Papua New Guinea. He told us that when he first arrived and church services - the ladies would come and - well lets put it this way - they would get a total suntan above the belly button (inny or outy :smilewinkgrin, as that is their culture. Would it have been right for this missionary to demand that those church attenders wear a full dress or blouse? So does local culture come into play in establishing standards? Should our missionaries insist on local nationals adopting our standards?