Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Say, "It Ain't So!"

There is a sense of embarrassment to the Body when there is an apparent sin that has taken place. Whether we realize it or not, when we fall, we take others with us in the form of disappointment and diminished hope. Many that are striving to walk upright must be assured that holy living is a matter of choice. Although we are aware that we are not perfect, we should never get comfortable living lives contrary to God's plan for us. When dance ministers get caught up in scandal, the impact reaches beyond the person and affects many.

For members of a group, the resulting effects of exposed sin can cause division, spark gossip, and attempt to discredit the work that has been done. It should not be said among us that we are practicing sinful lifestyles while professing the gospel in front of others. Movement ministers should not be known as the crowd that likes to smoke and drink, or a group that promotes lust internally or externally. Although no one should throw stones, the truth is that when we serve in ministries that are in visible positions (dancers, choir, worship & praise team, musicians, preachers, etc.) there is a bigger "spotlight" on our lives than someone who may remain hidden in the pews. Nothing is hidden from the eyes of God.

We must daily commit to living the lives that we dance about. If we dance songs of freedom, we should be free. If we encourage others to lay aside lives of sin and receive the Lord as Savior, we should lead by example. Worship in spirit and truth is not something that happens for a few moments in front of an audience. If we are proponents of movement as a ministry, our actions must speak louder than our words.

Matthew 23:27-28 (New King James Version)
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

Luke 6:42 (NKJV)
Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother’s eye.

2 Corinthians 12:20-21 (NKJV)
For I fear lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I wish, and that I shall be found by you such as you do not wish; lest there be contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, backbitings, whisperings, conceits, tumults; lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and I shall mourn for many who have sinned before and have not repented of the uncleanness, fornication, and lewdness which they have practiced.

Romans 12:9 (NKJV)
[Behave Like a Christian] Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.

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