Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Rings and Things

The reasons that we choose to do something or not in movement ministry has to be based on the Word. When we begin to preach against wearing make-up, jewelry, or certain garments, we must verify that we are not teaching our own biases and preferences as the gospel. There is nothing inherently "wrong" in having an opinion, but when we judge others by our individual standards, we can become legalistic.

Some dance ministry leaders believe that no jewelry should be worn at all during ministry. Others will allow a wedding or engagement ring and small earrings for women during ministry. For many, a wedding ring is symbolic of the God-ordained covenant of marriage, and is not removed during ministry. Necklaces are often removed so that garments or fingers are not a danger to the dancer if caught. Whatever the option, safety is a genuine concern. Others put restrictions or wearing large earrings or specify that none should be worn at all due to potential injury risk.

The key to such debates is the application of the Scriptures and unity. We should not batter people with rules and standards that are based on assumption and tradition. At the same time, we must obey the Lord when He instructs us to wear specific things for the piece to be ministered truthfully. If leadership decides that we are to wear no jewelry or the same jewelry, we should walk in agreement and on one accord. Even if it means leaving our own preferences unmet, it is better for all involved to dwell together in unity.

Proverbs 25:12 (NKJV)
Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold is a wise rebuker to an obedient ear.

Isaiah 61:10 (NKJV)
I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

Haggai 2:23 (NKJV)
‘In that day,’ says the LORD of hosts, ‘I will take you, Zerubbabel My servant, the son of Shealtiel,’ says the LORD, ‘and will make you like a signet ring; for I have chosen you,’ says the LORD of hosts.”

Malachi 3:17 (NKJV)
“They shall be Mine,” says the LORD of hosts, “On the day that I make them My jewels. And I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.”

Ezekiel 16:11-13 (NKJV)
I adorned you with ornaments, put bracelets on your wrists, and a chain on your neck. And I put a jewel in your nose, earrings in your ears, and a beautiful crown on your head. Thus you were adorned with gold and silver, and your clothing was of fine linen, silk, and embroidered cloth. You ate pastry of fine flour, honey, and oil. You were exceedingly beautiful, and succeeded to royalty.

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