Monday, August 11, 2008

It's Greek to Me

We must have compassion even on those who are unusual to us. Too many dance ministries behave as though every dancer should move, dress, and minister in the same way. God is Lord of the Nations. Different types of cultures praise the Lord in various ways, but it is important for all of us to be led by the Spirit.

When we are not governed by the Lord, our dances may appear confusing to the onlooker. If the message that we preach is not distinct, then we can appear as mere entertainers to the crowd. Many today embrace "radical" dance styles, but there is a difference between the Holy and the profane. Clean hands and a pure heart will show through in the dance if the motivation for dancing comes from a place of reverance.

The Lord loves diversity, as we can see by looking at the world around us. Kingdom dancers are not all the same size. We do not all wear the same colors, nor do we listen to the same music. The gospel that we share through movement ministry is for all people, tribes, and tongues. It does not matter if someone is a Jew or Greek. Christ died for us all, and as a result, we must not act exclusive when we encounter people who may not do things the way the we see fit.

John 12:20-21 (NKJV)
Now there were certain Greeks among those who came up to worship at the feast. Then they came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and asked him, saying, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.”

Acts 17:4 (NKJV)
And some of them were persuaded; and a great multitude of the devout Greeks, and not a few of the leading women, joined Paul and Silas.

Romans 10:12 (NKJV)
For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him.

1 Corinthians 12:13 (NKJV)
For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.

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