Go and be undignified in church this week...
September 3, 2009 9:30am CST
I have had the disheartening experience in the past few years to observe something that has really been gnawing away at me. First of all, let me bring you up to speed on where I come from. Being brought up in an Assemblies of God church, where I would play on the worship team, people would dance in the aisles. People would wave banners and streamers in worship. Even the children would come down to the altar and dance to the worship. I have never felt so much freedom anywhere else before. To see this heart of freedom and unadulterated worship to our Creator, inspired me to play some of my most amazing work during that period of time. Worship would go on for hours sometimes...church would be released somewhere around 1 on these days, but many people would stick around until 4 or 5 just dancing in worship... After joining the navy, and being separated from that atmosphere, I have never refound it. There has to be some church out there that still clings to their freedom in Christ. Here's my challenge! When the Ark of the Covenant was being returned to Jerusalem, King David danced in worship in the middle of the streets. Not awkward enough? Keep reading, it gets better. Not only did he dance in the streets, but the Bible says he disrobed!!! and danced in the streets, and his wife despised him for it. I in no way am telling you to go to church, strip off your clothes, and hop a jig on the altar. But how much FREEDOM is to be felt to do such a thing?!?!?!?! Go to church this weekend. Don't stand in the pews when worship is brought to the Father. MOVE YOUR FEET!~ Let the Father delight in your pleasure to worship Him! Go against the norm, and be a little, no make that a LOT undignified! Break yourselves out of the "proper" church mentality and truly worship like you were meant to! I dare you... Dive Deep!
• United States
5 Sep 09
I have absolutely no problem with people dancing in the aisles if that is a genuine expression of worship for them. Same goes for raising hands, waving flags and banners, all of the different ways. But I DO have a problem with either type of person judging the other as 'less spiritual' or 'less free' for the way they worship. I am on the worship team too and sometimes our leader will say 'clap with us' if people aren't or 'dance' or whatever - I understand what shes doing but I think its wrong in that if someones genuine expression of worship is standing singing quiety l while thinking about the words or whatever, and not clapping/dancing etc, then if they do it just because the leader says, or the others do, its not genuine to them. I have heard a lot of people say'they are not freely worshipping because they are not dancing' OR 'they are not truly worshipping because they ARE and it sall just emotion with no substance'. Both sides are wrong, because you can be worshipping with all your heart without dancing down the aisle, or you can be dancing but its just a big display and because thats what everyone does there. For the most part you don't know someone elses heart. Now I am more inclined towards the open expression, but I came from a very traditional church originally and I know those people were worshipping genuinely too. Its just that God made us all with different personalities, we all say'I love you' to him in different ways unique to us. Do you think God only accepts the worship of the extroverts and doesn't see the shy person sitting in the pew at the back praying to him quietly?
• United States
3 Sep 09
I can not agree with you on this. 1 Corinthians 14 deals with how we should act in the worship assembly. I think the main point is that the things done should be orderly. It does sound like rules are being given here and I know that we humans don't like rules, but I can't deny what I read in verses 26-40. Verse 40 sums things up by saying "But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way."
• United States
3 Sep 09
I've never been to a church whose worshippers have ever displayed their love for Jesus that way..although I have heard about it. Maybe it's because the young find it enjoyable, more so than the elderly. I really don't see anything wrong with it...and I am sure that Jesus is extrememly happy when we get out of our earthly skin, to praise him....as long as it was done in very good taste, to show him respect. After all, we should be joyful and celebrating what he has done for us, because in most churches it appears to be a more solemn celebration than a festive one.