Let me say quickly, first of all, this is not a gateway to "stripping." She is not teaching women how to be strippers and if they want to go on to do so that is their prerogative. Second, I am not opposed to fitness or even most types of dancing. Third, I believe there are a number of activities that certainly reveal the glorious character of our majestic God. Fourth, I don't even think I have an issue with the pole dancing since apparently, the women remained clothed, no guys are present to be tempted to oogle and lust, and it is not performed in the sanctuary.
You say, why then do you even bring it up and draw out attention to it? It is indicative of the loss of true Christianity and a perversion of deep heart felt motives which are longing to worship. My heart is broken for this young lady because she obviously has no idea what true Christianity is really all about. Listen to her as she "defends" her activity to a Fox News correspondent:
After three years of being a pole dancer she left because, "She didn't feel very rewarded." Is that the real or only reason she quit? And she goes to state however, concerning her decision to leave lest anyone remaining feels judged, "...to each his own." She states there is no "prayer before beginning, no crosses." Why? She answers, "to get past the stigma of the whole thing...I am very Christian." "I go to church every Sunday." "I pray, I talk to God, things like that" "There is nothing wrong with what I do." "I teach women to feel good about themselves...I teach them to be empowered." "God is the only person that judges." "Anybody who wants to judge me feel free to do it." "I am good with God, so that is what is important to me." "I really don't care what people think."
One member who attends said that it is just a way to get past the stigma and that there are many types of work outs and this is just one of them. I don't take issue with this. There are many types of fitness work outs and pole dancing sure looked to be very demanding and physical. Even the reporter who tried a few moves attested to the physical workout involved.
What breaks my heart is the expression of Dean's heart. Does she truly understand who God is and what real worship is? Is Christianity simply going to church each Sunday, talking to God and feeling good about one's self? It breaks my heart and it grieves the Holy Spirit to hear someone who may in fact be a Christian say that they don't care what people think about them or that they are impervious to questions.
Ephesians tells us how important we are to one another, we are to be about "...building up the body of Christ until we attain the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God, ...we are to speak the truth in love...when each part is working properly makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love." (Ephesians 4:9-16, ESV)
I agree with Dean that we are not to be about judging the motives of others. However, there are times when we may need to be discerning about character, doctrine, fruit, or a person's maturity level. You see, Proverbs 23:7 warns us, "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he..." My issue is more about what I hear coming from her heart than about her toning muscles and getting fit on a pole.
What justification do we have to do as we want
regardless of what anyone may say?
Can we add pole-dancing as an
extension of worship?
How does "I talk to God, I go to church
every Sunday, I am OK with what I do
therefore God and I are OK work with
real or biblical Christianity?