I know what your'e thinking!
Your mind is spinning like mine was, saying (of course in the privacy of my own narrow mind)..."do you mean like stripper pole dancing?!" Yep-you got it right! These ladies happen to think it's a great Sunday work out too-minus the stripping clearly!
This video shares that these women are "embracing the dance moves, once reserved for strip clubs only." As I heard this, there were immediately multiple thoughts that I had...and if I'm honest, my first few thoughts were:
1.) You've GOT to be kidding me!
2.) I wouldn't be caught dead doing that...I wouldn't want someone to think i'm a stripper!
3.) I hope they don't do that during special music at a church service!
4.) You can't turn something that is sexual entertainment into something Christian just by changing the music, and not charging!
But now...after having been vulnerable with my thoughts-and critically pondering all that this video contains-and does not contain, let me counter my thoughts with some of our recent class readings.
In the book Connecting, Dr. Larry Crabb talked about how when his wife's father died, their community group got together to help her grieve, and spent time praying and singing hymns. I have learned that according to church history, many older hymns used to be banned from being sung in churches because some of the tunes were formerly used in "bar music." Yet now we the church love these old classics, and they are instruments that God uses for many of us who love music to connect with Him, and minister His truth.
One of the interviewees challenges us to not be judgmental, and the instructor affirms that their dancing "is not about sex, it's about connecting with God." I believe them, and need to apologize for my initial thoughts...for joining in with the laughter, and biases of the news castors (listen at the very end of the video when the anchors think the camera is off). I apologize for judging an activity because of my presuppositions without having had more information, as the story upon second and third viewing seems purposely presented in an unfairly "sacrilegious light"...again pay attention to mocking facial expressions and laughter...I am convicted!!
Maybe pole dancing for Jesus in this context CAN be an act of worship, as these women use their gifts to appropriately dance "as unto the Lord and not unto men." Maybe this is an incredible group of Christian women who are using a mutual love for dance and talent to reach out, and connect with God and each other. Maybe they are pouring into each other that which gives them the courage to face the rest of us who judge before we really understand something or have all the facts.
Maaaaayyyyybe I'll go pole dance right now...to a hymn!