June 26, 2008
The Where the hell is Matt dance videos have always been fun - Matt travels the world and dances his goofy dance to some catchy music. When his first video hit the internet, all I could think about was how cool it would be to be able to travel like him. To just go from place to place with a video camera, and experience all the places in the world.
I was scoping out several emergent-church blogs, trying to engage their writers in some conversation about the emergent church movement, and I saw that many of the blogs had several things in common. Not just the emergent theological discussion... but other things. Many of them had posts about their gardening adventures (like me!). Most weaved their growing faith into posts about their lives - a step away from the traditional "christian-on-Sundays" kind of dialog. And several of them had linked to what appeared to be a dance video of some kind. I went through quite a few of the sites before I finally got around to clicking on the video and discovered, to my amusement, that it was another one of Matt's dance videos.
This video was different. I'm not sure why, but when the video got to Matt dancing in the de-militarized zone (the place at the border between North and South Korea), I started weeping. Tears just poured down. Perhaps it's because of my own Korean heritage, and because my connection to the de-militarized zone is a personal one. It represents to me the horrors of war, and of the split of a people divided by a meaningless artificial boundary. So much death. So much intolerance. Whatever the case, for the rest of the video, as more people joined Matt in the dance, I kept crying... realizing how simple it is to cast aside meaningless differences and dance. To be like children. To embrace one another as fellow humans.
Why can't the world simply dance?