Wednesday, December 30, 2009

I Cite

It's a good practice to give credit where it is due. It is also helpful to know the Word of God concerning the pieces that we minister and being able to apply truth accurately. Neglecting to take the time to gather information can make us look ignorant, or in the most extreme sense, land us in trouble (with others or even the courts!)

The Bible
There are still too many praise dancers and movement ministers who do not have a basic understanding of the Scriptures concerning dance, and are even less studious concerning the Word of God in general. In my experience, reading the Bible on a regular basis allows the Word to come alive during rehearsals and ministry opportunities. What's on the inside comes out! It's amazing to me how a dance move can become "alive" to a group when Biblical application is clear. Choreography itself may not be spiritual, but when we make the connection through the Word, people are able to witness a mighty move of the Spirit.

We should take the time to make sure that every song we minister "rightly divides the word of truth" by comparing it with Scripture. When we study the Bible regularly, we do not have to rely on internet search engines to produce the Scripture references for us! We will instead know which words we are looking for to find the correct application of Scripture.

Not only should we be knowledgeable, we should make sure that each dancer is able to articulate meaning for themselves. Often, dance ministry leaders spend time researching and teaching, but may not empower other dance team members to know the Word personally. It is indeed awesome to witness an entire dance ministry operating in the power of the Spirit and understanding of the Word, instead of focusing on the few in ministry who "shine."

Job 22:22
Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thine heart.

Psalm 119:11
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

Songs and Artists
Because many are ministered to through the songs we use, it is important to be able to share with them the name of the artist or group, title of the song, and the album that the song can be found on, if possible. Why does this matter? Giving away burned copies of the CD single only helps one person (and may hurt the proceeds of the artist). Many times I have been able to share this information and was later informed by the same people that they purchased the CD and were blessed by it. Obtaining the CD for themselves allowed the ministry to continue beyond the initial minutes of the piece!

Colossians 3:16
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Kudos and Credits
The Lord is the Ultimate Movement Creator. He imparts instructions through vessels that include us. Although we do not serve for accolades, it is important to thank people and appreciate them for their service unto others.

If we use choreography from someone else, we should obtain permission first. If we have been inspired by someone else, we should say so. When we are blessed by teaching that we received from a conference or workshop, we should be mindful to correctly quote and refer to others whose insight we may use to share with others.

Songwriters must properly obtain permission when using samples or words from other artists. Writing requires that we properly cite the sources we may have used. Even photographers are credited with the images they capture in the media. Why is this important? It limits the offense that can take place between us, keeps us accountable, and hinders us from being deceptive in any way. Let's keep our hands clean!

Proverbs 3:27
Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.

Romans 13:7
Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

All Scripture references from the King James Bible Version.


Anonymous said...

Awesome word of truth. It is my prayer that "we" all begin to do things decently and orderly.


Lakita said...

Awesome and "in-cite-ful" (HA) as always!

Thank you for that reminder to give credit where credit is due! God is the author and originator, but He uses us to deliver the message and inspires us to do so in ways uniquely fit.

Thanks for sharing!!!