Monday, October 13, 2008

Critically Speaking

Trailblazers often face the harshest criticism. When we are confident concerning our obedience to the Lord, we cannot listen to verbal assaults from people who disagree with dance as a ministry based merely on opinion and not the Word of God. We can learn a lot from those who accuse us of engaging in fleshly activity and inciting lust among the people. Our greatest defense will always be the Lord Himself.

We cannot be so stiff-necked that we do not hear what detractors have to say. Contoversy should incite us to know which areas we need to be more versed in biblically. If we receive negative reactions concerning our garments, we should examine if there is any truth to it and compare it with scripture. If our movement is offensive to most of the congregation, we must ask ourselves if the message that we are delivering is right for those particular people. We cannot seek to please people, but we can verify to make sure that we are not causing others to stumble.

Those who accuse us without merit will be dealt with. We must resist the urge to argue with every opponent to prove that the ministry of movement is legitimate. In many cases, the power of God manifested through us when we dance will be enough to bring people to repentance. There will always be those with hard hearts who will not receive us. In those instances, we must shake the dust from our feet and keep moving.

Psalm 31:18 (NKJV)
Let the lying lips be put to silence, Which speak insolent things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.

Psalm 109:3-4 (NKJV)
They have also surrounded me with words of hatred, and fought against me without a cause. In return for my love they are my accusers, But I give myself to prayer.

Mark 14:4-6 (NKJV)
But there were some who were indignant among themselves, and said, “Why was this fragrant oil wasted? For it might have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” And they criticized her sharply. But Jesus said, “Let her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for Me.

Acts 13:45 (NKJV)
But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy; and contradicting and blaspheming, they opposed the things spoken by Paul.

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