A Time to Dance

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  1. ktn4eg

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    Ecclesiastes 3:4 states that, among other things, there is "a time to dance;"

    Most fundamentalists I've come across are opposed to any and all forms of dancing. My question then is this: Just when would you say is there a time to dance?
     
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    The last time I actually heard anyone seriously speak against dancing was in the early 1980's. My sister went to an Amy Grant concert with a group from a local Baptist church. When she started dancing the youth leader told her to stop.

    I never understood the anti-dancing argument in light of what Scripture actually tells us.
     
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    Churches that preach against any form of dancing are still alive and well. My family members still attend such churches. I can't wait to see what they do when my daughter eventually marries & we have dancing at her reception. We might even clap! Hahaha!
     
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    When the ground is hot and the heat is coming through your thin shoes.
     
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    I have to chuckle at the memory of a preacher years ago, who said, "I can't see anything wrong with two people standing six feet apart shakin'."

    The problem, he said, was round dancing (where the dancers are in each other's arms). He noted that that kind of dancing is basically a sexual exercise, that should be limited to married couples. He said if a couple, at home, want to roll back the rug and have at it, then go for it.

    That was 35 years ago. I haven't heard a sermon since on dancing.

    What about it? Is there a sexual component to round dancing?

    Y'all do know that round dancing is the opposite of square dancing?
     
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    Dancing is worldly people! Can't you see that? We are to come out from the world so we should eschew dancing to show ourselves different from all the rest of the sinners out there.

    (I was raised with the second thought that dancing was a sin akin to adultry for dancing is the first step down the path of destruction. Even square dancing, Tom Butler! ALL dancing was sin, didn't matter what form it came in. At the same time I was taught eternal security. Whatever.)
     
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    You tell us.
     
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    Yeah, I wasn't allowed to go to the senior prom and had to sit out during music when the class learned square dancing.

    Over the years I've come to realize that "thou shalt not dance" is not in scripture. I guess the real reason Baptists don't dance is because they are too out of shape and overweight from all those pot-lucks.:smilewinkgrin:
     
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    A friend of mine was taken to task because at his daughters wedding, he danced with his wife. His comment was priceless, "I can sleep with my wife, but you're saying I can't dance with her?"

    I danced with both my wife and daughter (not at the same time) at her wedding. I dance with my wife (badly) when we are on cruises and the music is slow enough.

    I've heard comments being made about not dancing, but never heard a sermon agin' it. Thankfully!
     
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    :D I haven't heard it in one lately. I'd better not either. :D
     
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    But Tom - the first part is in the privacy of your bedroom. The second part was in front of God and everybody. Can't you see the difference?

    (facetiousness intended)
     
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    David undressed and danced in front of everyone. His wife at the time criticized him and was struck barren because of it. Makes you wonder. . .
     
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    It makes you wonder why Bathsheba wasn't struck barren. Well, she wasn't dancing, she was bathing; but, you know, it's still one of those nasty activities people should take greater care to keep hidden.
     
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    This type of nonsense is why some fundies make a laughing stock of Christianity.
     
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    That is the most ridiculous man made rule I have ever heard, no dancing. No where, in doctrine or Scripture, is there one piece of evidence to support such garbage. If someone is going to cheat on their spouse, then not dancing is not going to stop it. In the 20s, our church disfellowshipped a couple, married at that, for dancing with each other. Had I been there, not only would I have voted against such nonsense, I would have turned the business meeting into a forum to disfellowship those who brought the charges.

    I do not dance, because I am a clutz, not because of some non Scriptural, ignorant ideal. My daughter is getting married May 12th, and I fully intend to dance with my wife and daughter, as bad as I am at it, and in front of many church members. It would really be a good idea for others to keep their nose out of my business.
     
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    As far as for me, there is never a time to dance. My left foot gets in the way of my left foot. :D
     
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    Oh yeah? How 'bout you read in 2 Cha Cha 4:17:

    17 Any man who danceth when no music playeth, appeareth as a fooleth.
     
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    LOL, we are on the same wave length. It is ok if someone wants to believe in no dancing, just keep it away from me, especially when the only time it has ever happened is at my daughter's wedding. My reaction would be the same as anyone's who attempted to ruin my daughter's wedding day because they made a public spectacle of the issue. It would not be a pleasant outcome to say the least.
     
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    Is anyone going to deal with this text?
     
  20. Scarlett O.

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    I've been trying to get to it for 2 days. :laugh: :laugh: There's a context that is being overlooked and an author's purpose that's being overlooked.

    This passage has nothing to do with the type of dancing that some churches preach against.

    Maybe I'll get to it this afternoon.



     

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