Shall We Dance?

It may be of interest to compare modern dancing with what was once regarded as near insanity and certainly unacceptable behavior. The Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge notes the character of the “St. Vitus Dance” as follows:

“Dancers, a set of wild enthusiasts who first appeared on the Lower Rhine in 1374. Half naked, and with frantic exertion men and women would join hands in their public worship, and dance until exhausted or falling in convulsions. The mania spread rapidly, and was stamped out with difficulty. It broke out again at Strasburg in 1418. The victims of the mania were taken to the Chapel of St. Vitus at Rotestein, where mass was celebrated for them: hence our name for the disease ‘St. Vitus’s dance’.” (This sounds a lot like what is called dancing today.)

The message of modern dancing is often a message of frustration. Frustration results from being stimulated to a high degree of desire, only to be deprived of the opportunity to be satisfied. Such frustrations as result from dancing has caused some men to attempt sexual assault on a female. If you were a civil judge and had to sit in judgment on a lad charged with sexual assault on a young lady with whom he had been dancing for several hours to the lyrics of sexually oriented music, watching and feeling her gyrating body, it might be difficult to render a just decision? This is not to say any kind of assault is justified, but simply to note that dancing could well provoke and stimulate a man to act irrationally in the heat of passion whipped up by his dancing partner.

To what does the modern mixed dance lead? Is it to a deeper life of prayer? Is it to a fuller life of commitment to the cause of Christ? Is it to being a better Bible Class teacher, a more effective servant of the Lord? Would it lead to the spiritual development of future elders, deacons, and preachers and their mates? Does it lead to a higher standard of morality -- a purer life? Does it produce a better control over desires (Phil. 4:6-8)?

On the other hand does it lead to fornication, adultery and associated evils -- broken marriages, venereal diseases, unwanted pregnancies, abortions? How many of the millions of abortions have been mentally conceived on the dance floor?

To the Christian it is a serious matter. Paul wrote, “Flee fornication” (1 Cor. 6:18) and engaging in modern mixed dancing is the complete opposite of that. He wrote a young man to “Flee also youthful lusts...” (2 Tim. 2:22). Most modern day dancing inflames and feeds on youthful lusts. Christians are to remain unspotted from the world (James 1:27) and to avoid those works of the flesh (Gal. 5:19-21) as well as shunning the very appearance of evil. (1 Thes. 5:22). An honest appraisal of modern dancing by an unbiased mind cannot put it in any category other than that which leads to evil and sin.

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