Vison for the People
long the Church has been held back from a full and joyful worship
because of the false presumptions of the Church. These presumptions
have held back dance, music and the arts. Various churches have told
the people that dancing is evil, that drumbeats are evil, that adorning
ourselves is evil, that creating any type of image is evil.
look at scripture should quickly dispel these myths. Why these Bible-reading
believers continue to hold on to these myths is really a cultural
issue, not a scriptural issue. Because of tradition and peer pressure
people conform to the cultural norms of the church, scriptural or
not. These cultural norms have tangled up the believers and have kept
them from a full worship and a full experience of God.
so often is good for us as believers to erase the slate of our list
of rules and re-examine the scripture. In this process will emerge
principles of scripture that will be far easier to govern our lives
by than a long list of rules.
within every human being, saved or unsaved, God has created a complex
set of needs and talents. Originally these needs and talents were
meant as a joyful exchange, both to and from God. These talents include
dance, music and the arts. Yes, that is right, unsaved people are
given gifts and talents from God along with the believers.
my vision that in exploring and expressing ourselves in the arts (in
a pure and non-sexual way) that we will discover new facets and fullness
of God. It is also my vision that struggling unsaved people will not
only experience a new vision of their own beauty and talent, but will
also begin to see the beauty of God.
therefore explore the arts in our worship more, and invite those from
the outside to explore the arts with us. We must open the doors wider
for the arts, more people must be allowed to be in the bands, more
people must be allowed to sing, more people must be allowed to paint
and create, more people must be allowed to dance. We must invite outsiders
to experience this with us.