I’m alarmed by a song that I’ve been hearing on the radio lately. In it a young woman is singing about being in a club where she’s apparently had a little too much to drink. In her state of inebriation she’s lost her keys and her phone, her shirt has somehow been turned inside out, she can’t see straight, and she can’t even remember the name of the club she’s in. Yikes!
But, according to this girl, despite the (by all appearances) frightening situation she’s in, everything’s alright. Why? Because she can dance! In fact that’s the encouragement of this song – if you’re lost, can’t see straight, can’t find your keys or phone, and possibly have no way of making it home safely – JUST DANCE!
Is this weird to anyone else? The club’s going to close eventually – this girl can’t just keep dancing all of her surmounting problems away! When it’s 3AM and she’s standing on the sidewalk with her clothes on backwards, tipsy and confused with no way to get home, she can’t just dance. Can she?
As incredibly silly as the lyrics to this song are, how much does this remind you of the attitudes of young people in your ministry? How many of them put band-aids on some serious wounds in their lives? How many of them are lost and confused in the club and think that everything will be alright if they ignore everything else and just dance?
I see young people all the time who think that some of life’s biggest issues can be ignored, glossed over, or “danced” away, but the truth is that it’s our job as youth ministers to point them towards the only true solution to what’s wrong in this life – Jesus. Acknowledging Him as the only solution to sin and sorrow is the only way to get out of the mess we so often get ourselves into.
Check out Matthew 7:24-27. Don’t let youth culture, music, marketing, or any other media influence your students to build their lives on sand, where they can just dance it all away. Instead use the Word of God to help them dig down deep and lay the foundation of their lives of the Rock.
Just dance… Yeesh!