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Dancing Like Nobody's Watching

Shayna
September 26, 2005

I don’t know about you, but growing up, dancing was a strict “no no” in my house. (Actually, it still is, I just don’t live at home anymore!)

I attended a conservative church where there was no talking, no clapping, and most definitely, no moving your body (save to reach for your Bible) during the service. In college, however, I had the chance to try out several churches—all with different worship styles—before choosing and then transferring my membership to Miracle Temple SDA.

At Miracle Temple, we worship God. There’s clapping, loud “Amens” and yes, dancing during the service. Dancing can be a traumatic experience, though, especially if you didn’t grow up doing it.

It usually takes me quite a bit of practice to get organized dance routines down and after I do, there's still a lingering concern that I'll mess up and be that girl who's out of sync with the crowd (or congregation).

This weekend I went to a party at my friend Manu’s house. He’s from northern India and the party was a traditional Indian one—multiple colorful and spicy Indian foods lining the dining room table, plenty of Hindi music pumping in the background, and eventually Bhangra dancing.

Bhangra is an Indian style of dancing and well, it can be complicated for any dancer, much less a greenhorn like myself. I’m very open-minded, however, and more than willing to adventurously try new things. I watched the other guests around me and eventually joined in moving my legs and arms in unison with theirs. I know I wasn’t perfect (OK, I was pretty bad if you must know… :D), but when you stop worrying about how you look or what you’re doing, dancing is great!

David recognized this and praised God through dance in 2 Samuel 6:14-23. The text says that David’s wife, Michal, became offended because of it, however. In his enthusiasm, David’s dancing became “undignified” in Michal’s eyes and she called David “vulgar.” David was concentrating on who he was dancing for, not what he looked like when he was doing it.

It can be hard to acknowledge and praise God when you’re worried about what people are going to think or say about you. None of us want to look stupid in front of our friends. Following God, though, requires us to step out and not worry about what anyone is thinking except Him.


- Re: Dancing Like Nobody's Watching from God's Girl, May 29, 2008

I understand that worship, as well as many other issues are "hot topics" in the Adventist Church. I also identify with the need to adress these to some extent. However, sometimes we let them divide us and distract us from us true misson. Whatever your position on "dancing" in church, continue to keep God you guide and focus! :D

- Re: Dancing Like Nobody's Watching from Georgia John, March 1, 2008

Some "christians" try to make worship look like the most boring thing ever when in fact it is not. There's no problem in dancing and worshipping God, as long as we do it in Spirit and in truth and not to impress others. To all who find dancing a problem just remember everyone is different OK!!!!!!!!!!!!

- Re: Dancing Like Nobody's Watching from DS, March 1, 2008

It's great that we as God's children can talk about this subject. I personally must say that during my relationship wiht Jesus I have experienced many things concerning this matter. At times I think it's not appropriate and then times I wish the church had more room. David had a relationship with God. When the arc had returned "David danced with ALL HIS MIGHT" vs 14. He was moved by the joy that filled his heart because the Arc had returned, he was "jumping and dancing before the Lord" vs 15.Now vs 17 says so they place the arc in the tabernnacle. In addition to that Patriots and Prophets does not say we should not dance, it says many use David's example to justify "fashionable and modern dance" pg 707. We can all admit that the popular and modern dance now is not appropriate for PRAISE, WORSHIP, or REVERANCE to the almighty GOD, but personally I know that when God moves me there are times I CAN'T help but shout Hallelujah GOD! or cry, or smile and say thank you Jesus, or sing and Move my HANDS, my BODY, and clap for God. CAuse you see my body is GOD's body and so I surrender all. ALl of my praise, all of my soul, all of my body. I use to be concerned about what others thought about me at church, but you know what it's really what God has done for me and what I am offereing to himin return. We need to stop looking at each other for approval of how we should praise God. And we are living our eternity with God NOW! If we can't praise GOd via ALL methods now how are we going to do it in heaven. WE probably we looking at the others and the angels and saying we didn't sing or move like this in our church. Neither should our praise, includig body movement be out of conformity. It's between us and God. May God bless you and may your journey be enlightened.

- Re: Dancing Like Nobody's Watching from exotik flower, February 23, 2008

In Biblical days, everything was different compared to now; and the dancing that David did was not worshipping or meditating for God; he just did it out of happiness, and it wasn't the "shake-your-booty" dancing that we see today. Dancing is definately not for church; yeah, different people have different ways of worshipping. Some people are more discreet, and others are more livelier; but dancing is not what God wants in his house. We should be respectful and show reverence when we go to church, not dance like we're in some nightclub or concert! As Christians we shouldn't really dance so much outside of God's house, but bringing it in? Not needed.

- Re: Dancing Like Nobody's Watching from South Africa, January 22, 2008

The church of God is Holy ground and in it we should worship God in reverance. The dancing of the days of David etc was very different to now they didn't practice steps they didn't dance in church they danced out of joy & that can't be used as a reason to dance & clap in church. The church is a house of prayer it is the house of God and should be respected at all times. Dancing does no spiritual good to a person it can't bring you closer to God niether does it reflect Christ. So then why should we do it??????

- Re: Dancing Like Nobody's Watching from toughbabe47, January 15, 2008

It's awesome to worship God.I think the dancing we don't do in the Adventist church is like ballroom dancing, dancing in which one moves their body inappropriately etc.I think it's for the same reasons I don't make out with guys, it can go to far.I heard it said,"It's hugging to music". Honestly, dancing in church would be quite a stretch for me but that only my opinion.God is awesome.

- Re: Dancing Like Nobody's Watching from valesh, January 12, 2008

i think that you should define "dancing" for all of us reading your article-certainly the dancing David did was acceptable to God-but your readers may be getting very confused as to your definition of dancing...

- Re: Dancing Like Nobody's Watching from alissa, December 17, 2007

Look I just stuided the story you are talking about and David did not "dance" like people do today Spirt of prophcy said he didn't we just read it in sabbath school last week. Besides he did not dance in church he was outside. Maybe you should reread the 70 chapter of Patriatchs and Prophets.

- Re: Dancing Like Nobody's Watching from Whitney, October 13, 2007

I just now read the article and Amen to you! Maybe I need to attend thatchurch because my church is kinda traditional and dry!

- Re: Dancing Like Nobody's Watching from Philip, June 26, 2006

Great article Shayna I like your prespectives. Your on fire for God and your really cool too. May God continue to richly bless you in your ministry. Sincerely Pastor Philip - Denver

- Dude... from Hudson Smith, March 19, 2006

Wow PbR... you've missed alot of the bible if you're all about the war... sure, fight the good fight, but even the military in the OT took breaks to worship the Lord and celebrate the battles they won. Check out Miriam who danced with a tambourine after the egyptians got mooched by the Red Sea. Check out David who celebrated numerous times after his battles... even dancing near in front of the Ark. And if David was "a man after God's own heart" --- I'd rather be known for that then be known for the number of s I may slay... May you experience the joy of the Lord in even greater depths beyond the joy of battle.

- Re: Dancing Like Nobody's Watching from please be real, November 9, 2005

Only problem with that Amy is just because somethings not wrong to you doesn't make it right! If right and wrong were left up to how we felt, our world would be far more screwed up than what it is. Is that negative to say? is negativity limited to those who disagree with you? Just show ONE text in the bible that Jesus danced to give worship. Just one! Base your feelings on the bible, not the bible on your feelings.

- Dancing Like Nobody's Watching from Amy, October 29, 2005

SHAYNA,Hay sista!! Perty cool story/article. or whatever. I agree with you. It's truely a blessing when you worship God with all your heart, mind, body, and soul!!!!!! Dancing is not wrong to me!!!!!! Whoever says it is Wrong please argue your case, why? I see NO problem wit it. I Try to look for the GOOD in things not the NEGATIVE LIKE some, or Most christians, u know??

- Re: Dancing Like Nobody's Watching from please be real, September 30, 2005

Dancing and following God are not synonymus. Everything Davis did is not recorded for us to follow! What you've said without "verbalizing" it is, that as long as "we" believe what we are doing is right, it is right . . .which of course is wrong! It's true that you can be sincere, but BE sincerely wrong!IF we are saved, we'll have an eternity to celebrate; maybe that will involve "dancing" but we are a looooooooooooooooong way from that now. We are in a war and how can we fight it effectively when we are busy celebrating a victory that is not sealed yet! The celebrationIS coming, now, lets fight the war!!!

- Re: Dancing Like Nobody's Watching from please be real, September 30, 2005

Dancing and following God are not synonymus. Everything Davis did is not recorded for us to follow! What you've said without "verbalizing" it is that as long as "we" believe what we are doing is right, it is right . . .which of course is wrong! It's true that you can be sincere, but BE sincerely wrong!IF we are saved, we'll have an eternity to celebrate; maybe that will involve "dancing" but we are a looooooooooooooooong way from that now. We are in a war and how can we fight it effectively when we are busy celebrating a victory that is sealed yet! The celebrationIS coming, now, lets fight the war!!!



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