Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Current Events: Harlem Shake

Recently, there has been some kind of controversy surrounding a flash-mob dancing trend that has caught on at universities, including Adventist universities. I saw "somewhat," because most of the opinion seems to lean toward, "it's all in fun, let college kids do what they will, and quit Judging [caps sic] others," and rather less of the other side. (Here is an example and explanation.) Those who may express the other side are immediately shot down as being "uptight," "judgmental," "he who casts the first stone," etc.

Here is my response, if I were to comment:

Let's say, just for the sake of a logical argument, that 50% of Adventists (let's call them "conservatives") believe, from what they have found in Scriptures, not to mention EGW, that this type of worldly behavior is not only inappropriate for a Christian, but could possibly be potentially spiritually dangerous. Let's say that they wish to share with others either one of the following: 1) how righteous and prudish they are and how unholy YOU are, OR 2) they have a desire to actually warn them of potentially spiritually dangerous behavior, because they care. Now, let's say that the other 50% (let's call them "liberals") believe that the previous group needs to take a chill pill.

Now, if there is a 50% chance that Group A is correct, and a 50% chance that Group B is correct, the question is: Is it worth it? Is there a good reason for putting your spiritual life in jeopardy, with those odds? I mean, for more than just "fun" and "that's what kids do"?