I don’t know how many of you have almost been propelled to the doors of the Church when this song is sung; but at least now I see why my distaste is so rooted in a visceral response. One might better rename this song Lord of the Flies since the song was inspired by the Hindu god Shiva and the gnostic Acts of John. Why is Shiva and gnosticism in our hymnals? And how did the song get in our hymnals in the first place? See wikipedia history of the song.
Liturgical dance? I guess it has not yet gone completely away. Apparantly it is still alive and well in certain places. This is a bit long, but well worth the read.