Church dance? Should the two things ever be mixed? Some have asked this question, and it is not a new one. Should people dance in Church is a debate that has been strongly argued throughout church history. Different answers have been offered, and church dance has been a subject of great controversy in some circles, yet there remains only one place to find the definitive answer to such questions – the infallible Scriptures.
What do the Scriptures say about Church dance?
Regardless of the opinions of men, the Scriptures clearly sanction, encourage and command dance in church. By church we mean in and among His people, not just a building. But if they are gathering in a building, whatever kind it may be, dance is sanctioned by the Scriptures as a legitimate and powerful form and expression of worship.
Psa. 149:3 Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.
Psa. 150:4 Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
Movement and dance in worship are a natural response to God’s presence. Just as David danced before the ark of the Covenant, the place of God’s presence in His day, it is only appropriate that now, in a better Covenant, we too should be inspired to wholeheartedly worship our God and Redeemer in this way.
So, yes, the place of His presence should be adorned with church dance and Christian dancers expressing their thankfulness to the One who has delivered them, just as Miriam led the Israelites in dance and music following their deliverance from Egypt.
How wonderful to see God’s people dancing and expressing their heart unashamedly before their King and Creator.
Church dance is not only here to stay – it is essential and integral to the full expression of the heart of the Church to it’s Head, the Lord Jesus Christ. We celebrate many other worldly things, and include dancing as part of that celebration. We have so very much to celebrate today as Christians, and church dance is part of that celebration