Pole Dancing for Jesus: Has It Gone Too Far?
“Praise God, bring your Hot and make it rain for Jesus.” When I recently read a Huffington Post article about the developing trend of pole dancing within the Christian community, I initially laughed because I thought that there was no way that this story could be true. Sadly enough, the respective essay went on to objectively describe a new workout class in Houston, Texas that occurs once a month and requires a church program for entrance. Once in the class, women are reportedly taught to “celebrate their body which God has given them.”
Or, in simpler terms, engage in sensual and lewd dancing that purportedly yields greater self-esteem and pleases God. Proponents of “Christian” pole dancing believe that it is not only a great workout but also a means for reaching the un-churched. Of course, critics of this trending movement think that it is simply perverse and sacrilegious and is a “strange offering” to God. Who is right? And, has it gone too far when pole dancing is seen as acceptable form of praise? In my humble opinion, I would resoundingly state, “Yes.”
Over the years, I believe that there has been progressive deterioration and secularization of Christianity, which has ultimately and tragically led to a significant reduction in its purity and power. Pop psychology, New Age philosophies, metaphysics, and rock, R&B and hip-hop music mixed with Christianity have done nothing more than place man in the center of worship instead of God. Additionally, many televangelists have fooled a plethora of individuals with their get-rich-quick and manipulative gimmicks such as miracle spring water, one-of-a-kind anointing oil, miracle cloths and seeds, prosperity schemes, etc.
Taking the above-mentioned information into consideration, it is really not a surprise that pole dancing has evolved as an ungodly mockery of sacred Messianic and Davidic dance as noted in the Old Testament, particularly in the book of Psalms.
To be sure, I would agree with the proponents of pole dancing that the workout can likely result in better flexibility, upper body and core strength and endurance. And, indeed, not all forms of this performing art are erotic in nature, as evidenced in circus-related stage performances. But, I wholeheartedly disagree with those who would think that God would not have a problem with women using their bodies to somehow spread the gospel. And, I would not concur with the thought that “Christian” pole dancing is acceptable, because the participants do not take off their clothes which one would normally see in a cabaret or a sexually explicit party.
The thought of weaving the indecent and lascivious form of pole dancing that is commonly observed in strip clubs as an evangelical Christian ministry simply does not follow sound doctrine. There is simply no way of putting a spin on this “strange fire” to justify the actions.
Rest assured, there are definitely more appropriate forms of recreation that are suitable for Christian women. Whether it’s working out with an exercise ball or on an elliptical or treadmill, walking or jogging or engaging in acceleration training, there are many exercises that can be done to improve flexibility, the core and overall strength, while pleasing God by taking care of your temple.
It is imperative that the Body of Christ improve its ability to differentiate between holy and unholy and clean and unclean. This becomes easier with rigorous studying of Scripture, fervent prayer and gimmick-free impartation of sound doctrine. As time progresses, innovative ways of reaching the un-churched may be needed, but pole dancing is clearly not a means of accomplishing this task.
Hopefully, this trend does not sink any lower where one would start seeing women performing licentious dancing on a couple of poles during worship service on Saturday or Sunday. It is not a far-fetched idea, and it may occur sooner than one thinks.
Anthony Jerrod is a bestselling author, speaker, and public policy expert.