Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Motion Sickness

Yesterday, the thought of motion sickness came to my mind. Too many praise dancers are focused on precision movement, "gigs," garments, and recognition and forgetting GOD. Anytime something becomes popular, the temptation to pervert its original design also becomes magnified. We should not want to promote the notion that dance ministry is a form of entertainment, social club, or extra-curricular activity. Although some may disagree with me, these people may not understand the true responsibility of those that labor in the gospel.

Motion sickness is also known as simulation sickness. It causes fatigue and tiredness. This type of sickness results from discord within the body. (Source: Wikipedia) Herein lies the problem for masses of dancers! When we stop following the pattern that God has orchestrated for others, we allow Him to give us direction for those we are uniquely called to impact. Wisdom can be gained by gleaning from the experience of others, but learning to obey God's voice will produce miraculous results!

Please help me read my Bible, but music, dance, and song in the Scriptures in the context of Godly representation were used to bring deliverance, prophesy, celebrate, testify, and magnify the LORD. There are also other instances of dance that denigrated, compromised, and served as gateways to idolatry and disobedience. Because many churches, dancers, and community leaders enjoy crowd reactions and want to accommodate the status quo, we have allowed spiritual anarchy to rule.

If we are of the Body and not healing the Body, why are we dancing? If we desire to do what we prefer instead of following God's direction, then dancing is aimless. When we get so used to "routines" and cannot operate in spiritual obedience, we lose value as effective gospel messengers. Dancing in itself does not please the LORD, obedience does!

New King James Bible Version

Ezekiel 34:4
The weak you have not strengthened, nor have you healed those who were sick, nor bound up the broken, nor brought back what was driven away, nor sought what was lost; but with force and cruelty you have ruled them.

Isaiah 1:14
Your New Moons and your appointed feasts My soul hates; They are a trouble to Me, I am weary of bearing them.

Matthew 10:8
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.


His Hem Ministry, LLC said...

Hallelujah! That's making it loud and clear! Are we listening?

Lynnea-Praise is what I do! said...

Wow. Thank you for your obedience. This really challenged me to not let dance define me. Every so often, we need to take a spiritual assesment with where we are in Christ. Are we putting anything including our gifts that HE has given us before Him? Thank you Jesus causing me to take a look at myself. To God be the Glory!

Denise Cook Godfrey said...

Thank you so very much for this post. I am doing a thorough examination and I thank God for it. Obedience to God should be better than sacrifice (ritualisic works). Also, we should be as David and not Saul when it comes to dance. Thanks again and may God bless you!

Dancing in the Spirit said...

I couldn't agree with you more in this post. I often find that liturgical dancers are more focused on dance moves and the latest garments. I stress the importance of holiness, true worship, and spiritual prosperity before teaching any dance steps. Carnality has a way of perverting what God intended to give Him glory. We must remain vigilant to preach the truth no matter the cost.
-Katina Davenport
Dancing in the Spirit