Many people today think preachers, and others, are silly and over-reacting when they speak against modern dancing. Perhaps they are ignorant of modern dancing, or know fully what it is, and enjoy it! When one speaks against such conduct one speaks against what was done on last Sunday night’s VMA awards by Miley Cyrus and Lady GaGa. One speaks against the same conduct with Beyonce, Britney Spears, Madonna, Katy Perry, and so many others who rely on base, ungodly, lascivious conduct and filthy suggestive words, rather than genuine singing talent to draw crowds and make millions of dollars. The modern dance that puts two people (not married to each other) together in physical contact (so that their bodies touch each other) is part of this same ungodliness. Much sin may result from the unchaste (unholy) handling (touching) of those to whom one is not married. The Scripture says that it is good for a man not to touch a woman, 1 Cor. 7:1. The context is speaking of those who are unmarried to each other. The conduct of two people of the same gender kissing intimately on-stage also falls under this kind of filthy behavior. The indecent bodily movements (gyrations) that replicate, or mimic, sexual conduct is in the same category. The Christian is to abstain from such! God commanded Israel in Leviticus 20:26, “And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine.” First Peter 1:14-16, commands, “as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” A holy person does not conduct himself or herself as these sensualists conduct themselves on stage and elsewhere.
Galatians 5:19, 21 speaks of the following works of the flesh: “uncleanness” (akatharsia, moral impurity), “lasciviousness” (aselgeia, wantonness), sexual vice of all kinds; indecent gestures; and “revellings” (any kind of riotous or unseemly conduct; carousals). Lasciviousness is the unchaste handling of males and females; indecent bodily movements, filthy words, as defined by Thayer’s Lexicon. Today’s news showed more than enough of the foregoing conduct by people who were featured on the Video Music Awards (VMA) Sunday night. What was done was disgusting and shameful. No one should have viewed the show. Those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Romans chapter 1 describes such evil conduct.
Just think of your own daughter or granddaughter doing such things, or being subjected to such behavior by others. What does it say to a boy and how he looks at women and girls when he sees the conduct of Robin Thicke as he behaved Sunday night onstage? Does it lend itself to showing respect to a woman, or is he influenced to demean women and abuse them or use them only as objects of sexual gratification? It is not so pleasant to think about, is it? I did not watch the television program, but saw a clip online, and as a feature on the news on TV. Young folks (and their parents) need to know that some conduct and some entertainers are OFF LIMITS!
We love our children and want only the best for them. We also expect the best from them. We want them to do well in school and in life. We want them to be faithful Christians and good citizens. Let us, as parents and grandparents, be careful what we encourage our young children to do. Let us be careful about what they hear, how we dress them, where we take them, and what we allow them to watch on TV. What may seem to be “cute” or “funny” while they are small will not seem so funny or cute when they are 16 or 17 years old. And, by that time, they may have formed habits that will be hard to break. Help them to be godly.