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In the Eritrean culture, dancing is an integral part of wedding celebrations. Is dancing in wedding receptions acceptable in the eyes of God and our Church?

The Holy Bible teaches us, "We ought to obey God rather than men" (Acts 5:29). It amazes me how after attending the beautiful Crowning Ceremony, witnessing the Holy Spirit come upon the couple to unite them to become one flesh and participating in all the prayers to the Lord to bless the couple, Christians turn around and forget all about God; and as soon as they are out of church, they start dancing disrespecting God and themselves. James 3:10- “Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? …”. Oftentimes during guayla ceremony wedding the singer (derafay) will sing “Lallo ye Lallo…” what do you think that means? Who do you think Lallo is? According to monks from Gedam Abune Bxue-Amlak lallo is Satan. Which means you are happily inviting the devil, because it is from Satan we should abstain ourselves from guayla. 1 Corinthians 10:20-21 “… I do not want you to have fellowship with demons. You can’t drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you can’t partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons.”

Everyone needs to answer the question, 'What would Jesus do if He were at this wedding? Would He dance or even attend a reception where there is this dancing?' Another question 'If our Lord Jesus Christ is physically present at this reception, would the guests dare dance in His presence?'

Our Lord is Omnipresent, let us remember His presence among us at all times and behave accordingly; putting His will first before the will of man. James 5:13- “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is there anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms.”

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