Sacred Doesn’t Have to Be Solemn


(wedding dance)

Courtesy of that great purveyor of pop culture YouTube, millions of people have seen this wedding processional.  I must admit that it didn’t look like any wedding I’ve ever been to, and my first reaction was, “That’s looks great, but isn’t a wedding supposed to be, you know, serious?  It’s a measured, solemn, sacred time, right?”

But as I thought about it, I concluded that sacred doesn’t have to mean solemn.  Yes, a Christian wedding is a sacred thing, for it is the living representation of the supernatural bond between Christ and His church.  But I don’t see any Biblical requirement to use 19th century opera music to introduce the bride & groom (Yes, that’s what “Here Comes the Bride” actually is).

But dancing? In a church?  Those are fighting words for some Baptists I know.  But as we ought to do in any circumstance, I turned to the Bible.  Hmmm…. dancing in the Bible on a very serious, sacred occasion…

So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom to the city of David with rejoicing.  And when those who bore the ark of the Lord had gone six steps, he sacrificed an ox and a fattened animal.  And David danced before the Lord with all his might. And David was wearing a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the horn. (2 Samuel 6:12-15)

Sacred? Serious? Oh yes indeed! Bringing the ark of the Lord, the holiest object in the world, into the holy city of Jerusalem for the first time.  Something so serious and sacred that a priest was struck dead by God for just touching the ark.  Surely if there was a time to be reserved & solemn, this was it.

Clearly, King David, the man who followed God with all his heart, didn’t think it was a time to be solemn; he was dancing his heart out in joy and wild abandon.  Maybe we need to remember that the next time we approach God: sacred doesn’t have to be solemn.

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