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Monday, March 2, 2009

The Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church Anniversary Dance.

The Black church has/had been the rock of the black community since the first black congregation organized on some plantation in Virginia years ago. I will say with nothing but love in my heart that the black church has gotten black people through some of our toughest times: slavery, segregation, the great depression, just to name a few. I am willing to say it is the most fundamental institution in black society--then and now. Are there limits one can put on the church?

I understand that the church main role is to reach out and bring in souls. With that, I can understand the need to attract young people to the church as well as the need to keep congregations interested and motivated. However, the video I found goes a little beyond that. Now, please don't get me wrong I love the preaching/teaching style of Pastor E.Dewey Smith Jr. I'm not saying that his heart nor the church wasn't in the right place. I don't think they crossed the line at all nor do I think they failed to maintain the dignity and decorum of the church. But, you be the judge. Watch the dance and let me know what you think. After watching the congregations reaction some of them never move nor acknowledge belonging to either generation.

Questions:
  1. . Do you think the church cross the line?
  2. . Was the youth in the church given a mixed message?
  3. . Was this simply an uplifting way to entertain the congregation and motivate young people to attend?
  4. Which generation are you? Builders, Boomers, Busters or Bridges? I’m in the Boomers category.
  5. Do you think the church cross the line?
  6. Was the youth in the church given a mixed message?
  7. . Was this simply an uplifting way to entertain the congregation and motivate young people to attend?
  8. Which song would you have chosen for your generation? Come-On Saints lets have some fun!
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  1. overanalyzeit.wordpress.comTuesday, 03 March, 2009

    Not sure how I feel about this. While I believe we need to be respectful in the church we also need to be real and I saw this as just having a little fun as family. Many times we try and portray ourselves as something other than how we really are at church rather than allowing our true selves, especially our fun selves to shine thru. But I also realize this could be a slippery slope.....so I'm back at "not sure" - LOL.

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  2. First I want to say that I truly find your website awesome and thought provoking all the time.

    On the subject of non church music in the church, the person that responded above of me represents how I feel also to a certain degree.

    However, even if we are just having a little fun, I wonder how much of the outside world should be brought into the church. I live near and went to school with the Amish here in PA. They have always lived in our world but their religion does not allow them to participate in modern traditions. They are in the world but not of it.

    I am only in my 40's, perhaps I'm just an old fogey.
    I didn't have a problem with the program until the got to the last song, I am so not amused with any type of music that even slightly seems rap related.

    I can still remember old folks around here saying you did not dance to church music. And Rev. getting on the junior choir for having a little too much dip in our step.

    I think everyone enjoyed themselves in the program. I give them credit for team building between the generations.

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  3. To answer your questions...1)no, I don't think the church crossed the line. I see nothing wrong with it. The program was in very good taste and let's be real... the majority of Christians don't listen to gospel 24/7. Christians can have fun too.

    2) I don't believe the children were given a mixed message, if anything I believe it was shown that as a Christian you can have fun too. The pastor did stress that this was not something that was done on a regular basis. Plus listening to music and dancing will not cause you to go to hell...rejecting Christ will.

    3) Yes... well put... an uplifing way to entertain and motivate. It shows that Christians are human. Let be real, the majority of Christians listen to other types of music. Often times SOME Christians act one way at home and another way at church. God still loves them.

    4)I am in the Busters generation...born in 1970.

    8)"When Doves Cry" was a good pick. It immediately took me back to the early 80's.

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  4. The House of GOD is a place that is consecrated for worship and for sacred ceremonies. If the church wanted to do what they did they should have done it outside of the church building, proper. Everything has its place and time. Sex is a sacred act between a husband and wife but the the church altar would not be a proper place for that either. How "real" would that be? It was out of order and irreverent.

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  5. These are truly the last days!!

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  6. Let me just say how motivational Pastor Smith is to me. I think he is an anointed man of God. My husband and I listen to his cd messages all the time and are continually blessed. I may not have chosen to do the service in that manner but im not the pastor and the vision was not given to me. This video did remind me of a conversation I had with a friend who said that when he gets his life together he will come to church because church folks make him feel so condemned, as though they have everything all together and they never talk about who they use to be or the struggles that they continue to have. They just make me feel bad for not being where they are. I think Pastor Smith bridged gaps that day in his innovative and unique way of conducting the service. I'm just so glad that I can come before the thrown of grace, dirty, stained, broken, sinful and my God will embrace me, love me, lift me up and not judge me on how I approached Him. He wont tell me to clean myself up. He will tell me to come as I am. What Im trying to say if we as Christians dont meet people where they are how will we embrace them and have them believe that no matter what they have done its ok, God can change your situation, he can change you? Just my thoughts. C.Paulk

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  7. Melanie says . . .

    I think it was a great idea. And because I thought it was a great idea, I used it at our Pastor and Wife Appreciation Ball last year (2009) and will be doing it again this year (2010).

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  8. Let me just say how motivational Pastor Smith is to me. I think he is an anointed man of God. My husband and I listen to his cd messages all the time and are continually blessed. I may not have chosen to do the service in that manner but im not the pastor and the vision was not given to me. This video did remind me of a conversation I had with a friend who said that when he gets his life together he will come to church because church folks make him feel so condemned, as though they have everything all together and they never talk about who they use to be or the struggles that they continue to have. They just make me feel bad for not being where they are. I think Pastor Smith bridged gaps that day in his innovative and unique way of conducting the service. I'm just so glad that I can come before the thrown of grace, dirty, stained, broken, sinful and my God will embrace me, love me, lift me up and not judge me on how I approached Him. He wont tell me to clean myself up. He will tell me to come as I am. What Im trying to say if we as Christians dont meet people where they are how will we embrace them and have them believe that no matter what they have done its ok, God can change your situation, he can change you? Just my thoughts. C.Paulk

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  9. overanalyzeit.wordpress.comSaturday, 25 June, 2011

    Not sure how I feel about this. While I believe we need to be respectful in the church we also need to be real and I saw this as just having a little fun as family. Many times we try and portray ourselves as something other than how we really are at church rather than allowing our true selves, especially our fun selves to shine thru. But I also realize this could be a slippery slope.....so I'm back at "not sure" - LOL.

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  10. .Expressing ones self is an entitled opinion. There was nothing wrong with it, except maybe it should have been held in the educational building. To me the sanctuary is only holy acceptable.

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