<font size=5> Dance Praise: Is This the Next Phase of Change? </font><font size=3 face=Times New Roman>The ad on the computer screen shouts out that Churches across the country are excited about Dance Praise! Those who order the special bargain kit will get a Guide, Poster, and 20 Wrist Bands FREE With Purchase! We are told The poster will look great on your wall. The Youth Group Guide gives tips on how to use Dance Praise with a church projection system and ideas for incorporating (it) into your youth programming. And the 20 silicone wristbands remind kids that they Gotta Have Faith! You can use these as incentives for the kids, high-score awards, or for publicity. Pastors report We use Dance Praise before and after Youth Group. Our kids love it. Boys and girls alike. Dance Praise was a big hit at our churchs annual community Outreach Day. We need to attract more youth to our church, and we had kids waiting in line all day! We love the positive entertainment for students and leaders at all of our activities.
You may smile and say, But we would never go that far. We just want to make a few little changes to our worship. But the fact is, some of our more advanced change agents see no problem in interpretive dance in their worship services. The positions already taken by the leaders of this movement leave them incapable of any serious objection to those who want to have a dance segment in their worship service.
- To justify their use of instrumental music, change agents point to the Old Testament and reason that if God allowed it then, surely it must be acceptable today. Just take a look at Psalm 149:3. Let them praise his name in the dance. If one can cite a psalm for his musical instruments, another can do so for his worshipful dance.
- Broadminded change agents say, If a person sincerely seeks to worship God in ways not necessarily specified in the New Testament, who are we to condemn him? If one sincerely seeks to worship God with a spirited dance step, how can a change agent condemn him?
- Promoters of change are heard to say, If we are going to keep out young people, we are going to have to allow them to use instruments of music in their praise. If we dont, they will leave us. Well, young people love to dance. If to please them, we can allow instrumental music (without divine approval), then on the same basis, we should allow them to perform a dance for us in the name of worship.
- Instigators of change reason that our religious neighbors think we are narrow and dogmatic for not using instruments in our worship. Some of them would think the same of us if we do not allow our people to dance.
- Spokesmen for the change agenda often say, Christ nowhere forbids instrumental music in his worship. Therefore, we are free to use it if we wish. Neither does he specifically forbid us to dance unto Jehovah!
John Waddey, Editor
Christianity: Then and Now