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The following articles are recaps of some of the discussions that took place at the convention. There were two times set aside for discussion groups. The young people were divided into groups of about 20. The Beacon Lights asked these young people to write on what discussion took place in the groups that they attended.

 

One of the discussion groups at the recent convention dealt with the arts of music, dancing, and drama. I was asked by the Beacon Lights to write on our discussion of dancing. To begin I would like to share with you the questions that were given to us to stimulate discussion.

Dancing: Can we praise God through dance today as Israel did? Why is it so wrong today? What makes it wrong, the atmosphere of the dance halls? What if you take dance out of the dance halls? Can dance be viewed as a gymnastic activity? Is there a difference in square dancing, or waltzes, or twists?

We can find many examples of the children of Israel using dance as a means of praising God. The women of Israel danced to the Lord when the hosts of Pharaoh were overcome by the waters of the Red Sea. (Ex. 15:20) David danced “with all his might” when the ark was brought to Jerusalem from the house of Obededom. (II Sam. 6:14)

We also find abuses of dancing in the Old Testament. “Moses anger waxed hot” when he returned from Mt. Sinai and found the children of Israel dancing around the golden calf.

I think today the abuses of dancing far outweigh the true dances of praise. Dancing has degenerated as a form of praise to the Creator of all things to a means of satisfying the lusts of our human flesh.

The atmosphere does not make dancing wrong. It is not any better dancing at home than in a bar if it is not done in praise to God. If it is the motive for dancing that is important I don’t think it makes a difference in the type of dance either. However a modern rock ‘n roll dance can be more suggestive than a waltz and a square dance with a caller, which seems like it could be fun for a bunch of young people to do.

Ecclesiastes 3:4 proclaims there is “a time to mourn and a time to dance”. So if you feel it is time to dance, do with Psalm 149:1 -3. “Praise ye the Lord. Sing unto the Lord a new song and his praise in the congregation of saints. Let Israel rejoice in him that made him. Let the children of Zion be joyful in their King. Let them praise his name in dance: let them sing praise unto him with timbrel and harp.” And if you praise the Lord with dance do so as David did: with all your might.