2 Sam. 6:14). After it is quickly pointed out to them that David wasn't dancing in the Holy Place during Divine Service, they throw out a couple of references in the Psalms, including the supposed "clincher" in Psalm 149:3. But, again, this doesn't clinch anything, since that verse is pointing to a festive procession taking place, again, outside of the Holy Place and not during Divine Service. And, what of the claim that the ancient church practiced "liturgical dancing"? Where's the evidence? I can't find it. What I can find is evidence that the Gnostic heretics employed some form of dancing in their false worship, but that can't be what the defenders of "liturgical dancing" mean, can it?
The last couple of times this topic came up for discussion, some of the defenders of the practice made promises that they were going to enlist several Lutheran theologians to produce a solid theological defense of the practice, which would shortly be released for our perusal and study. I'm still waiting for that. But, given that the last time that promise was made was several months ago, I'm betting that my waiting has only just begun. In fact, I'm pretty sure that I'll be waiting for the rest of my life for someone to produce a solid theological defense of "liturgical dancing," since, well, I do not think it is possible to defend theologically - not from a theological perspective that is Lutheran, anyway.
The truth is that what we refer to as "liturgical dance" is a recent phenomenon begun by non-Lutherans who neither understand Holy Scripture nor Church History, and who adhere to a false theology of worship. They abuse the Scriptures, plucking this and that passage from hither and yon in the attempt to provide proof-texts. And they like to make the claim that "liturgical dance" was the norm in the Church for the first 500 years, but fell into disuse in the Middle Ages, and that they are now bringing it back into existence. Big claim there. Unfortunately for them, it holds no water. It's akin to the way Dan Brown does history - make it up as you go in order to get to where you want to be, factual history be damned.
But, all that aside, the fact is that "liturgical dancing" is among us. In fact, it was my watching of the National Youth Gathering that got me thinking about this subject again, reminding me of all those promises made in the past about offering a theological defense of the practice. As I said, I think my waiting will continue. The only attempted defenses by Lutherans I have come across are nothing more than regurgitations of what non-Lutherans have spewed forth on the subject, without any real theological or historical support. So, I invite Lutherans out there who endorse and promote this practice to defend it theologically. Show me where I am wrong on this, because I cannot come up with a single reason why this practice should exist among us, but I can list a plethora of reasons why it shouldn't. Please, show me the error of my ways. I'm waiting . . .