How’s your day been? Hope you had a meaningful time in church? (I’m assuming you attended – hope you did). I’ve got a question for you today.
Do you look around when you’re in church? Or are you one of those who lock in on proceedings, barely stealing a glance at the person next to you (unless of course their perfume is almost choking the life out of you or they keep asking to use your pen)?
I’m more of the latter but once in a while, I develop a bad case of wandering eyes – and in those moments, I see ‘things’ and a post like what you’re reading is born.
So it’s praise time and everyone is digging it like crazy. The praise team must have fasted and prayed very well before coming today because everything is superb! Every song raised, every note played, every interlude, everything – perfect. Dance moves from other worshippers arrest your attention. These guys and girls must really be overflowing with the joy of the Lord. See steps!
Wait. What am I seeing? No, it can’t really be.
Is that not shoki*?
You wait to confirm. The hand gestures look like what you saw in that video but hey, you can’t be too sure. Afterall, it’s not every day you find an usher with his dangling i.d tag, spotting a crisp, well fitted suit rocking it ferociously instead of concentrating on welcoming the growing stream of semi-late worshippers.
Then he does the eye thingy!
End of story. You have undeniable proof. This guy dey pieces shoki inside church!
I understand that the above scenario may be normal to us (you’re probably saying Ehen? So what? Is he not praising God? You sef, na look you go look people for church?). Well, I don’t know o…
I’m just having a conversation in my head and I was hoping you’d help me understand this better.
Does it really matter the kind of dance moves we bring into the house of God? Do they portray any difference between the church and the club?
Some may claim that a dance move in itself is neutral and it only takes on the meaning given by the dancer and the context of the display. But is it really so? For example, is it possible to do the shoki moves without any flashes of the origins of the dance? Can the mind do that – isolate the move from its source (when the source is known)?
How do these displays affect our testimony to others when we do exactly what they do?
Like I said, I’m not too sure either. I’m just having a conversation in my head and I was hoping you’d share your thoughts on this. I’d like to hear all sides – whatever your opinion is on the matter, do share it with me. Okay then, it’s your turn to talk. Let’s meet up in the comments section!
Live by Design
*shoki – a song and extremely popular dance with distinctive hand gestures, ‘invented’ by a Nigerian afro hip-hop artiste