Friday, April 25, 2008

Goodness and Mercy

We are doing the Body a great disservice when we become dance ministry "elitists." There are many who aspire to worship God in truth through movement. When we condemn instead of instruct, then we can exhibit prideful behavior that causes us to become disjointed. Many dancers have had technical training, and some have toured with professional dance companies. When we hold the entire movement genre to our own lofty standards, then we can fail to have compassion for those that may need some guidance along the journey.

Granted, there will always be those who have no desire to excel or present the gospel with accuracy. We do not focus on the rebels. There are many local ministries who are hungry for instruction concerning the function of movement both inside and outside the church. Those who provide instruction for others must be very careful not to teach humanistic opinions or personal preferences as the gospel. The Word endures when we do not. Sharing wisdom is wonderful, but the Lord gives individual instructions concerning His people. What works for us may not be the Lord's counsel for another.

Leaders and pioneers should be celebrated for championing the cause of Christ. Idolizing these leaders will only cause them to fall in our eyes. The important thing to remember is that we are co-laborers together. When we are obedient and humble, promotion will follow. The world also promotes people to stardom, only to revel in the latter destruction of its celebrities. The leader is never beyond learning. Let none of us dare to think that we are the ultimate source for knowledge concerning movement ministry. Our most accurate and anointed teacher is Christ.

Proverbs 8:33 (NKJV)
Hear instruction and be wise, and do not disdain it.

2 Timothy 3:16 (NKJV)
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness

Hebrews 5:12 (NKJV)
For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food.

James 3:1 (NKJV)
My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.

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