Christianity and Salsa???
By Edie, The Salsa FREAK
Letter from a Christian Salsero named Josia…
Hi Edie, just wanted to ask if you are Christian and how I can use Salsa as a means of reaching the world through dance ministry.
Yes, I do believe that Jesus was God in the flesh, and He is the only way to the Father.
- John 1:1 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
- John 1:14 – And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father.
- John 17:11 – And now I am no more in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to thee. Holy Father, keep them in thy name, which thou hast given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.
For some strange reason, God has made me very successful in Salsa dancing, and I don’t hide my beliefs in any way. I don’t know why, but God gave me such a passion for dancing Salsa, that I can’t even believe it sometimes. I asked God, that if He did not want me doing this, to make it impossible for me, and to take away the joy of it all. He never did. In fact, my passion for dance grew to unbelievable levels. I don’t understand why, but over the years, I became more and more of a Salsa fanatic than anyone I knew. I didn’t care what people thought… I just danced, and danced, and danced!
I was a Christian since the age of 18. I started dancing Salsa when I found out first husband (also a Christian) was cheating on me. Like me, there are a lot of “hurting” people in the dance world – those running away from troubles and problems. They get involved in Salsa as a deterrent – an escape from reality. God is the One who sends those searching to me. They can find me anytime, and simply “talk”. I’m always here for them, and if they find me at a club sitting down long enough to talk about it, GOD DID THAT… NOT ME.
Because of the infidelity of our relationship, I just submerged myself in this dance. Later, I found another “Born Again Christian” who was a dancer and married him. We were together for six years, traveled the world performing and teaching. His alcohol and womanizing addictions led to our divorce. So you see, even if you are BOTH Christians, and you “are indeed” married as such, you can still fall prey to “human-ness”. God forgives, but is difficult for us to forgive. I never let that deter my Faith. I knew that these two men were a reflection of myself, and truly my Spiritual teachers in disguise. No matter how much I cried, screamed and yelled, nothing would change them. I moved on to change “myself”. I still love them both very much as my Christian brothers. I wish them well.
I’ve helped people find the Lord in the CRAZIEST PLACES! A bathroom at a club, at Denny’s after dancing, in a cab on the way to the club, at the club itself, over email…. !!! This list goes on!
God has placed me in a unique position of being able to reach those that would rather die than walk in a church. There are Christian ministries in every part of the world – but let’s work in our own backyard!
There’s Acres of Diamonds out there… and we don’t even realize that every hand we touch out there on that dance floor, we have the opportunity to share our Faith and the love, grace, and FORGIVENESS that God has shown to us.
There are potential “John the Baptists” everywhere – even in the Salsa scene.
Yes, even the FORBIDDEN PLACES ON THIS PLANET that God created without us realizing it.
That includes SALSA CLUBS… “OH NO!!! God forbid I go in there and see all those SINNERS DANCING!”
“WHAT TO DO… what to DO?”
Tell them Jesus loves them!!! That’s “What to do!” .