January 22, 2013

The Lifestyle of a Dance Minister, Part 2

Please read  the original post "The Lifestyle of a Dance Minister" posted on 5/5/2010 along with this post.

“If your lifestyle outside of the ministry is not the same as your lifestyle within the ministry, when you dance you are not ministering but just performing.”

The Lord dropped that in my spirit in May, 2010 and I was led to blog about it. This was during a time when I was crying to the Lord because I’d seen some liturgical dancers, who’s lifestyles outside of the ministry were the complete opposite of what they were ministering. What I saw really disturbed my spirit. At one point, I questioned myself and my lifestyle. I even asked God “am I too much of a Christian.” But the song by Israel Houghton says “I know who I am”. And, it is often said “if you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.”
  
With that having been said, part 2 of that blog: I encourage and challenge all Christians, especially Liturgical Dancers to check out your Facebook page....yes, I said your Facebook page. Pray, look at your photos, your posts, the fan pages that you've liked, etc. Does your Facebook page reflect the Godly lifestyle of a dance minister? A Christian? A child of God?

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Over the past few years, I've seen some Facebook pages of many liturgical/praise dancers: some that I know personally, some that I know casually from conferences or ministry events, and some that I have never met. I've seen dancers have one photo of them in a 2 piece swimsuit, with parts of their breasts exposed, then the next photo is the same person, covered from head to toe in a dance garment. Or the dancer who has on skinny jeans and a revealing top, who is on the way to a concert of nothing but worldly music from singers who are clearly not walking with the Lord (and have been known to do everything but have real sex on stage), but then in the next breath they say they can't get too wild or yell too much at the concert because they must conserve strength to praise dance or to sing in the choir the next morning at church. Or the praise dancer whose profile photo is them with their middle finger extended. Or the dance leader, who is a married woman with children, whose Facebook profile photo is her standing against a wall, appearing to be expecting to be frisked, while she is wearing a  tight mini skirt which barely covers her bottom, 5 inch heels and fishnet stockings. Please forgive me if I sound harsh or step on someone's toes but that kind of photo is for your husband's eyes only. Or the dance leader who has photos of her doing shots at a party or a club. Or under "where you attended school" they claim to have studied at "slap a bit--- university". Or  the one who lists their occupation as " the head bit--". Or the dancer who's posts are nothing but profanity". Yes, I've seen all of this and then some; I've deleted a lot of people because of this. In fact, I was Facebook friends with a gentleman (who I did not know personally) who was a Youth Pastor. However, when I looked at his Facebook page, he had a female Facebook friend whose name reflected that of, shall we say, an entertainer. Well me being nosey, I looked up her website. I nearly fell over, her website was a pornography site for men who like full-figured women. I was floored; I deleted and blocked him.


Ask yourself: "What kind of witness for the Lord is my Facebook projecting?" When I've ministered at events or attended conferences; typically people that you make contact with want to exchange email addresses and Facebook information to keep in touch. What kind of witness is your Facebook page when you've ministered and blessed the house of God (or wherever God used you), then someone looks at your Facebook page to find photos of you partially nude, posts where you are cursing, or worse yet, talking about preparations that you are making to go dance at the club later? Would that person want to invite you to minister again? Or would they question if what you ministered was just a performance or worse yet, a lie?.......James 1:8..."a double minded man is unstable in all his ways".

Dance leaders, if you see this from your dancers on their Facebook page, I encourage you to talk to them and explain what James 1:8 means. It is difficult to serve the Lord in ministry and serve the world on Facebook. It will diminish there witness. It could also affect your ministry. Perhaps you have tagged one of your dancers in a photo, someone looks at his or her page...and they gaze upon profane posts and ungodly photos. People may question what type of people are in your ministry.

Matthew 6: 24 says “no man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other…”. We can't serve God in our churches and in the community then serve the world on Facebook.
  
Furthermore, as Christians, we need to strive to build people up and give them a sense of hope. We don't want our Facebook pages to be a stumbling block to others.

But most importantly, and above all, God sees our Facebook pages. What does God think of your Facebook page? Everything that we say and do should bring glory to our heavenly Father. Does that mean being perfect? Of course not!  With that being said, Romans 8:1 says "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit."

Christians, it's time to clean up our Facebook pages! Let's reflect who we are....children of God!! Remember before we are Pastors, Apostles, Praise Dancers, we are children of God. As the song goes "this little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine....(even on Facebook!).

This song by Steven Curtis Chapman called "Do Everything" says is all.....God bless!






2 comments:

  1. AMEN...and amen. We need to be careful about how we live and portray Christ to others and not cause others to be confused about who He is, or what we stand for. Good word!

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