***This is a throwback article from Company Keepers: Dance Ministry Monthly online newsletter that I wrote regarding Christmas for praise dancers in December of 2005. ENJOY!***
We are being bombarded in the name of "Political Correctness." As I have listened to the news recently, there is controversy over the use of "Happy Holidays" vs. "Merry Christmas." Stories vary about employees who are told not to use the word "Christmas." This is nothing new. We have seen the use of 'Merry X-mas,' 'Seasons Greetings,' and the like. Santa, reindeer, and excessive spending are encouraged in advertising, commercials, and in stores. What is the larger statement here?
As I prepared for Christmas service one year, God gave me a revelation that I have held dearly ever since. I will share it with you. The word "mas" in Spanish means "more." When I see or hear the word Christ-mas it now means "Christ MORE!" In a culture that is trying to deny our Lord and Savior, should we not proclaim the name of the Lord even louder?
When we prepare to select songs and choreography for ministry, let's remember to employ the name of Christ Jesus MORE! Inspirational songs may be great, but as the Word says in Acts 4:12 (NKJV), "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Our commission remains to spread the Gospel to every creature. There is no Gospel without Jesus Christ!
As ministers of the dance, we have many wonderful opportunities to minister the Word of God in many non-traditional settings and programs. As doors continue to open for us, let us never forget Romans 1:16, which states, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes..." Review your current song selection and ministry pieces. Have you unconsciously omitted Christ? The world needs Christ now more than ever before.
Dance with boldness. Dance with authority. Dance with power. Dance in the name of Jesus!