Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Elisabeth - Keep Dancing!

Here are the words I read for my quiet time before bed this evening:

"There is a Methodist hymn about Jesus that goes: "I am the Lord of the dance, said he." In Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Nietzsche's own philosophical Gesamthkunstwerk, the theme of dancing is paramount. Zarathustra is not a prophet. Nor is he a teacher. He is a dancer. Nietzsche was ambivalent about the relationship of Jesus to Zarathustra. Nietzsche could only imagine the "Christian-moral view" of Jesus, which refused to dance, like Baptists for so long. Dancing is one of the root metaphors of postmodernity. It is not only an art form; it is also signification in motion. Music cannot be codified by Indo-European grammar; it cannot be "thought". But dancing is the sound of music combined with the performance and energy of the body. In the history of religion dancing has regularly been integrated into worship. It can be utilized for an expression of pagan and sensual rhythms, but it can also give form to the sensuous ecstasy of having come face-to-face with the most awesome God. When one is in the presence of the God of faith, one cannot easily sit still. Even at the risk of ridicule by his jealous wife, David danced before the Lord. The Scriptures indicate that Jesus might have danced. It appears that Paul did. Jews have never been ashamed of dancing. We can imagine what it means to dance "before" God. But what about "dancing with the Lord"?

Wow, I immediately thought of you Elisabeth and am so glad you are back in Indy visiting your Open Hand tribe. I can only pray that you continue to teach us how to dance with the Lord. Amen!
Chapter 8 Dancing With The Lord Charismatic Renewal and the Deconstruction of Worship
The Next Reformation - Why Evangelicals Must Embrace Postmodernity by Carl Raschke