Could dancing be considered a good Christian recreation?

BibleAsk Team

Good dancing is not sinful when its done in worship or in joyful expression before God. In Exodus 15:20, Miriam danced to celebrate God’s deliverance at the Red Sea. And in 2 Samuel 6:12-16—David “danced before the Lord” to celebrate the Ark of the Covenant being brought back to Jerusalem.

But most popular contemporary dancing is conducted with worldly music and has very strong sexual emphasis associated with it which leads the mind to impurities that the Bible warns us against. The word of God says, “Flee (as in “run away from”) the evil desires of youth” (2 Timothy 2:22).

Concerning worldly forms of dancing, the Bible says, “denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world” (Titus 2:12).  The apostle Paul says that our bodies belong to God, and they are the temple of the Holy Spirit. So, everything we do must be honoring to Him (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

The Lord, in Matthew 18:6, teaches that doing any activity, in this case dancing, that may cause another person to stumble or lose His connection with the Lord is considered a sin. So, when you are in confusion about any activity, ask yourself:  “What would Jesus do”? We need to act like Jesus. “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so walk, even as he walked” (1 John 2:6).

Our activities should revolve around wholesome forms of recreation that would uplift the soul. “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Philippians 4:8).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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