In order to embrace a multicultural worship experience, the underlying discomfort many of us face in the midst of experiencing something new must be eradicated. Fear, resentment, and ignorance must be pushed to the side to truly experience the multicultural worship that God wants.
For many Christians, allowing another culture into your church can be a little frightening. Here are some thoughts on embracing different cultures that will walk through your church doors.
Find out what dominant cultures are in your local area and research them online or at the library. Take time to understand any idiosyncracies of the culture and how to best respond to them. This will remove any suprises later. Keep an open mind and learn how best to interact with people of another culture.
Share what you learned in small groups. Invite people of the culture your learning about to come in and share from their experiences. Chances are, you’ll have a more meaningful night of community when you do so.
Hold Diversity Nights:
Establish a night a month where your church holds diversity events. This can be a presentation of another culture found within your locality or it can be a learning experience of global cultures. Be sure to find someone from the culture your learnign from to help organize the night to avoid any offensive or wrong influences in the evening.
Attend Cultural Events:
Since not everyone from these cultures are going to be Christian and/or attend your church, you’ll have to take time to go where they are. Visit cultural museums and attend cultural events. Make friends wherever you go and invite them to your diversity nights.
Everyone needs to learn how to embrace a culture that is not their own. For some reason we like to stay with what we know and not venture too far out. The key to embracing other cultures is time and effort.
What do you think? How can we learn to embrace other cultures. Write down some thoughts in your journal and then share them with us here.