The Uniqueness of Multicultural Worship


What does a true, multicultural worship experience look like?

Seriously, what do you think?

Take some time now to think of possible ideas.

Do you think of different languages or different skin color? Do you think of different musical styles? Or do you think more in abstract terms of a different feeling associated with multicultural worship?

We may consider several different ideas of what multiethnic worship is, but is there a single experience that one may say is iconic of multicultural worship?

Typically, when we who have little to no experience with another culture’s form of worship try to envision what worshipping with them is like, we find ourselves instilling the culture we already know into our imagination. It’s hard to overcome our dominant culture.

That is to say, we truly have few ideas of what a true multicultural worship experience is like simply because any multicultural worship experience will bring a newness of expression to worship.

Think of a multicultural worship event like mixing colors. When we mix two cultures of worship, it’s similar to mixing two colors and gaining a whole new color. Blue and yellow give us the color green. Hindi and American worship give us something new.

Chinese and Latin American worship give us a beautiful new expression of worship unlike any other we’ve before experienced.

So what does a true multicultural worship expression look like? It looks like a body of believers loving Christ through an unseen or rarely seen expression of worship.

Exalting Christ is the essence of worship. The expression of worship changes, evolves, and grows when we step out of our comfort zones and embrace other cultures.

Think of the last time you’ve experienced a multicultural worship experience. What was it like? Share with us in the comments below.

Steve Dragswolf

Hi, my name is Steve Dragswolf. I am Hidatsa born in North Dakota and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. My heart is for the indigenous of the Americas. I am passionate about literacy and native culture. Connect @dragswolf

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