Through the tender mercy of our God, with which the Dayspring from on high has visited us; To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Then David danced before the Lord with all his might.
In 1996 a 15-year-old dancer named Chryssie Whitehead came to AMTC. She became one of our top success stories. Her career began as a New York City Rockette. She went on to films and Broadway, with hit movies like 'Save The Last Dance' and shows like 'Fosse' and 'Chorus Line.'
AMTC was not a Christian company in 1996, but Chryssie was a young pioneer in a movement yet to be named: Actors, Models, and Talent for Christ. In AMTC's Talent Finale, the teen performed a lyrical ballet to the heart-rending song 'Via Dolorosa.' What happened next set the course of her life.
The judges, most of whom were Jewish and few if any were Christians, began crying. I did, too. I didn't understand the words. Nor did I know Jesus, but that didn't stop the Holy Spirit from moving me and countless others. A Seed was planted. It took time for that Seed to grow in me, but grow It did.
Tough Question #13: Can God's dancers praise Him with secular dance?
AMTC has graduated other show-stopping dancers since Chryssie: stars like Stephen Boss (Twitch) and Caitlin Kinney. Most of them dance on secular stages. They are lights in dark places. But where better to reach the lost?
Consider the question of salvation:
God says, 'For whoever calls on the Name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on Him in Whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of Whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, 'How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!' ' (Romans 10:13-15).
The ministry of Actors, Models, and Talent for Christ is a church without a roof, and God's performers are preachers without a pulpit. They have 'Feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace' (Ephesians 6:15) and for some--their footgear is a lovely pair of dancing shoes.
To Be Continued...
Chryssie's Broadway Audition
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Tough Questions For Christian Performers series.