Shall We Dance

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|Shall We Dance? | | | |Bible study on dancing. | |As with many things, dancing can be either good or bad depending on the details. | |Dancing Defined | |Merriam-Webster's dictionary defines dancing as "to move or seem to move up and down or about in a quick or lively manner." | |There are many forms of dancing. | |For example, a child joyfully jumping around, moving in a lively and spirited manner when receiving a present, is dancing. This is | |similar to David's dancing when bringing the ark into Jerusalem (1 Ch. 15:29). | |Usually, though, when we talk about dancing, we mean a social event where a couple rhythmically moves to music, such as occurs at a | |school dance or night club. | |Not All Dancing Is Sinful | |There are several examples of dancing in the Old Testament that weren't sinful. | |Some people danced alone, some danced with the same gender in celebration, some danced for joy, and some danced to praise God. | |Solomon says, "There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven --- a time to give birth and| |a time to die; a time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted. A time to kill and a time to heal; a time to tear down and a time | |to build up. A time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance" (Ec. 3:1-4). | |In the New Testament, we also read about dancing that's wasn't sinful: | |Dancing figuratively represents one's joyful response to the gospel, which the Jews lacked (Matt. 11:17; Lk. 7:32). | |There was dancing in celebration of the prodigal son's return (Lk. 15:25), figuratively illustrating the joy when a person repents. | | | |The dancing in these passages, as they relate to people of that culture, was not sinful. And certainly, it was not the sexually | |provocative dancing we think of today, occurring at proms and in ballrooms. | |Some Dancing Is Sinful | |There are two more references to dancing in the New Testament, other than the three already mentioned. | |Matthew 14:6 and Mark 6:22 tell of Herodias' daughter who sinfully danced at Herod's birthday party. The Greek text regarding Herodias'| |daughter's behavior denotes "a shameful exhibition of lewd dancing" (Robertson). | |Bible Principles | |As with many questions like this, there are four principles we should apply to determine whether a particular dance is sinful....
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