Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thought Provoking

Music selection controversies aside, some choreography is a bit too provocative to be used in a Christian context. There is no inherent sin in movement itself, but the activities associated with bending over in front of people or showing lots of leg can cause discomfort for many. We should not have the attitude that everyone is old-fashioned or just needs to "get over it." Although each message that we bring may not please everyone, it should definitely be relative to the people to which we are sent to give a Word.

The over-use of movement that involves the hips, rear and chest can be construed as lustful. This does not mean that we cannot utilize our total bodies in motion, we just need to be aware of the affect that certain moves may have on others. The appropriateness of garments is often contested when it comes to how revealing they are on females, but males must also be careful when wearing shirts that expose muscular arms or pants that may slip down without a belt. In some instances, boxer shorts have become an all-too-common sight in movement ministry.

When we allow the Lord to direct us, we will not have to worry about offensive movement. Our bodies are an instrument to be used for His glory. Dance that comes by supernatural revelation will magnify the Lord above all else. If we truly live, move, and have our being in Him, they will only see the Lord when we dance and not us.

Proverbs 12:5 (NKJV)
The thoughts of the righteous are right, but the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.

Acts 24:16 (NKJV)
This being so, I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men.

Romans 13:12-14 (NKJV)
The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.

1 Corinthians 10:31-33 (NKJV)
Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God, just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.

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