Many Christians feel that dancing is wrong, the vertical substitute for horizontal immorality. This verse certainly speak to the dangers of dance. Captivated by the sensuality of dance, Herod made a foolish promise that he had to keep for political reasons. John the Baptist lost his life because of a sexy dance.

Yet other examples of dance in the Bible tell of its expressiveness and joy. In 2 Samuel 6:14, David danced before the Lord “with all his might.” Nothing morally questionable was attached to this demonstration of praise to God for Israel’s recovery of the ark.

Apparently the rightness or wrongness of dance has everything to do with the context and meaning associated with it. When dance intends to express the virtues that enrich life, it is good. When it intends to excite passions that violate moral standards, it is wrong.

MATTHEW 14:6 – But when Herod’s birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod.

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