DABBING AND DANCING IN THE END ZONE: SPIKING IS OPTIONAL
Super Bowl Sunday is upon us in the USA. This coming Sunday, the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos will battle it out in Super Bowl 50. So, this is a big game. I was skimming the news this morning and saw the on-going hoopla over the dabbing and dancing in the end zone of Cam Newton Panther’s Quarterback. His quote back is this, “if you don’t like it, don’t let me into the end zone.”
Providentially, our lesson today in the Beth Moore Bible Study, Esther: It’s Tough Being a Woman, covered the celebration of the Jews of Persia over peace they achieved after the victory over their enemies that had planned to wipe them out in one day. It’s an incredible story and a great study.
These two pieces of information started me thinking about a Christian’s victory and how beautiful it is to God, Jesus and the angels. As followers of Christ, we have a whole lot of reasons to celebrate, but maybe we New Church Ladies are just a little too uptight to dance for victory.
When Israel crossed the Red Sea and it closed up upon the Egyptian army, destroying those who sought to destroy they, and were finally convinced that God really did intend for them to be free Miriam lead a song and dance number (Ex. 15:20-21) that included these words “Singto the Lord for He has triumphed gloriously!”
How do you not dance about a victory like that?!
In Luke 15:10 we read: “Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repents.” Do you just picture them sitting on their thrones giving a polite round of applause or maybe a little “hurrah?” Really? This word translated you is “joy, gladness, the cause or occasion of joy” and is also translated “greatly (or exceedingly) joyful.” It is also used to describe the joy to be had at the birth of Christ (Luke 1:14) and the joy the disciples had over being able to cast out demons (Luke 10:17).
Yea, I think there might be some end zone type dancing going on.
Here are some of our opportunities for a victory dance:
- The Sabbath, which pictures our ultimate rest from the burdens of a Satan-lead world. That is a victory. And I know that there are some groups that incorporate dance into their public worship. I’m not against that, I’m just focusing more on a personal and private dance-a-thon with God.
- When I or a brother or sister in Christ is healed, gets a job, finds a Christian mate or the “yes” answer to any prayer we are praying. That is a victory.
- When I or a brother or sister gets a “no” answer to prayer and thrives, survives or grows through it. That is a victory.
- Every time we overcome a sin that has been plaguing us. That’s a victory.
- Every time we come to God with repentance in our hearts, ask forgiveness and have the blood of Christ applied to that sin and God removes it as far as the East is from the West. That is a victory.
There is nothing like a victory or a victory celebration. Maybe we church ladies don’t celebrate enough or flamboyantly enough. So, I want to encourage all of you to come up with your victory dance and try it out next time you get up from prayer in victory. After asking forgiveness and applying the sacrifice of Christ’s blood, knowing that every time you repent is a victory over Satan, go ahead and do your end-zone dance. I confess, I tried it this morning. Given my end zone dance efforts, I’m sure there was at least some laughter going on in heaven. But I bet Satan didn’t find it funny.
Hey, Satan, if you don’t like me dancing in the end zone, too bad. Praise God, I already have the victory in Christ Jesus and it is too late to keep me from the end zone.
Please join me in a victory dance. Spiking your Bible is optional.
I’d love to hear your thoughts too. Or, hey, if you have the nerve, send me a video of your end zone dance. Write me at:
About the N.E.W. Church Lady – She is just an average middle aged woman who has been a believer and church attender all her life. She is married with three grown children. She lives in a small town and works in sales. Her hobbies are fitness, reading, cooking, writing and travel.