Is Mime Appropriate in the Christian Church? Part 8

by Lena Arnold

Conclusion & Resources

After having studied mime and it close cousin the clown; and reviewed scripture on appropriate praise and worship, I am inclined to agree with the opponents of pantomime (mime). I do not believe that it is acceptable form of worship to a holy God.  It is entertainment, engineered to manipulate a counterfeit worship experience and generate a soulish, emotional response. Many of today’s churches have abandoned worship in spirit and in truth in exchange for entertainment and fleshly pursuits and virtually every ministry where entertainment is a priority, mimes can be found?

 “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.Colossians 3:17 God expects His people to pursue excellence in all that they do.  There is nothing honorable or excellent about using pagan practices to worship a sovereign, Holy God.

Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. (2 Timothy 3:5-7)

(Pantomime) “may be a practice of the world but the Church of Jesus Christ has no office or place for actors by any name or description. Therefore, the speechless skits or plays by church actors with white gloves, performing a religious theme, should not be found in any Apostolic or Pentecostal Church throughout the world.” (2015, para 1).

Resources

Annette Lust (2009) From the Greek Mimes to Marcel Marceau and Beyond: Mimes, Actors,       Pierrots and Clowns: A Chronicle of the Many Visages of Mime in the Theatre, Scarecrow Press, 2009

Bakers (2014) Pagan Gods and Goddesses, Bakers Evangelical Dictionary, Retrieved from

http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionaries/bakers-evangelical-dictionary/gods-and-goddesses-pagan.html

Barghest, et. al (Sep 28, 2005) [Web log post] Museum of Hoaxes, retrieved from            http://hoaxes.org/weblog/comments/christian_mime_theater

Brockett, Oscar G., Hildy,  Franklin J. (2013) History of the Theatre, (Chp. 3) Hellenistic,       Roman and Byzantine Theatre, Pearson Education 2013

Faced. (2009, December 1). Gospel mime history, gospel mime history [Web log post].      Blogspot, 2009, Retrieved from http://gospelmime.blogspot.com/2009/12/gospel-mime-history.html

Farce, Dictionary.com 2015 Retrieved from http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/farce

The History of Mime (2015) retrieved from http://theartofmime.weebly.com/history-of-mime.html (p1, p1 2015)

Leon, Vicki (2007) Working IX to V: Orgy planners, funeral clowns, and other prized             professions of the ancient world. Walker and Company 2007 (p 301, p 3)

Moffet, Tetaun (2013) The origin of Pantomime (mime): It’s not worship it’s entertainment!

Welcome to Ready Church 2013. Retrieved from https://readychurch.wordpress.com/2011/03/10/the-origin-of-pantomime-mime-it%E2%80%99s-not-worship-it%E2%80%99s-entertainment/

Pan (2015) Retrieved from http://www.greekmythology.com/Other_Gods/Pan/pan.html     para 12)

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Patton, Michael C (2008), The entertainment driven church, Parchment and Pen, [Web log] retrieved from http://www.reclaimingthemind.org/blog/2008/08/the-entertainment- driven-church/

Schumacher, Robin, (2012) The Best Argument Against Christianity, The Confident Christian,  2012; Retrieved from, https://readychurch.wordpress.com/2011/03/10/the-origin-of-pantomime-mime-it%E2%80%99s-not-worship-it%E2%80%99s-entertainment/

McRobbie, Linda R. (2013) History and Psychology of Clowns Being        Scary,SmithsonianMagazine (July 31, 2013) Retrieved from             http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/the-history-and-psychology-of-clowns-being-scary-20394516/#dmfP0Yh5Qvgf1Qyj.99

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Warikoo, Niraj (August 2012) Black Churches Combine Pantomime and Christian Message, Detroit Free Press, 2012, Retrieved from http://www.freep.com/article/20120819/FEATURES01/308190067/Black-churches- combine-pantomime-and-Christian-message

Wingert, Paul S.(2013) Mask Face covering, Encyclopedia Britannica, 2013

Retrieved from http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/367906/mask/9063/Theatrical-uses

Witcher, Marion (2015) Exposing the Spirits Behind Pantomime, The Prevailing Word Research  Project 2015 (Video) Retrieved from http://video214.complayLjPkOoGjg5hYpR13Kj0Q4A/s/dark and             http://www.tinyurl.com/mimetruths

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