Brother Meador, what advice would you give on what to teach our
young children about dancing?
I remember my father's strong admonition to A me as a young boy:
"Son, it is wrong for a Christian to dance." Many times
over the years I have heard my father's words in the memory of
my conscience-when I was in junior high and high school-when I
was a college student-and as a young man. Today I look back with
a son's loving gratitude to my father's kindly appeal, and there
is no doubt about it-my father was right!
The surroundings and atmosphere associated with modern ballroom
dancing do not contribute to Christian growth.
A dimly lit room and a physical embrace does not usually promote
chaste behavior. Darkness is sometimes associated with sin and
deception. Lustful people obsessively crave the faded lights and
feverish atmosphere of the dance. They do so because they are
lascivious. In such an environment they seek to freely express
their prurient desires. They forget God. There is also associated
with the modern dance the accompaniment of secular and sensual
music which only adds to the sordid demeanor of the participants
behavior (Eph. 5:112).
The act of dancing is provocative and easily leads to promiscuity
The dim environment of the dance combined with either body contact,
or slinking suggestive movements act as strong agents of enticement.
Impure motives thrive in such an atmosphere. Such fits the biblical
definition of "indecent" and is out of character for
one professing the name of God's only begotten Son (Gal. 5:1921).
Most of those who participate in dances are not seriously interested
in the development of Christian character.
Good people should understand the danger of associating with sinful
people. It is against the admonitions of God's Word (1 Cor. 15:3334).
To be in a negative environment where alcohol and drugs have a
part to play is wrong. And, the sexual promiscuity associated
with dancing, coupled with the danger of communicable disease,
should cause the child of God to avoid the dance. We must "cleanse
ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting
holiness in the fear of God" (2 Cor. 7:1) We must not conform
but transform (Rom. 12:2).