Thursday, May 17, 2007

Lord of the Dance

“God is like a dance. We are invited to enter, for He has entered us and begun to sing.
I heard Walter Wangerin say that if a European wants to understand something, he takes it apart. If an African wants to understand something, he dances with it.
In European countries, God has been declared dead. That’s what happens when you take something apart. In Africa God is dancing across the continent with His bride. The church is profoundly fruitful there.
Will Willimon writes, ‘You and I can give thanks that the locus of Christian thinking appears to be shifting from North America and northern Europe where people write rules and obey them, to places like Africa and Latin America where people still know how to dance.’
‘Write rules and obey them’ – that’s what the Pharisees did! Remember that the religious people crucified Jesus. They took Him apart and tried to cut Him down to size, but they couldn’t control Him. He is the Lord of the dance.”

Peter Hiett
Dance Lessons for Zombies
Integrity, 2005
pgs 105-106

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