Q: Why do Baptists forbid couples to make love standing up?
A: It might lead to dancing.
Ha! That joke is an oldie, but a goodie. The humor, of course, is rooted in the fact that we often become so rigid in our religious rules that we miss the point entirely. We diminish things of real importance like love, obedience, peace, patience, goodness, faithfulness and in their place we raise up religious rules and regulations to manage the behavior of the masses.
I remember attending a church many years ago. One of the staunch, old denominational members of the church was talking to me after church. He was uncomfortable with the fact that, during the worship service, several people had raised their hands while singing.
"I don't get it," he said to me with a shake of his head, "Why do these people raise their hands in the air during the service?"
I shrugged my shoulders, "I don't know, Jim," I answered, "Maybe it's because the Bible tells us to."
Ouch! You know what? I think the church would benefit from us letting our hair down, striking up the band, and, in obedience to Psalm 149, doing a little dancing before the Lord!