Americans all over the United States celebrated America’s independence this last weekend. Fireworks, barbecues, and family get-togethers are staples of any American fourth of July celebration.
Those of us who live in cities also understand, however tacitly, that these family get-togethers also bring the chance for varied multicultural experiences as many different cultures join together in public places to celebrate.
Many nations of peoples can be at the same park enjoying a family day out, or many nations gather to watch fireworks light the night sky.
In these instances, we can see unity forming between the nations. In these instances, we can find a glimpse of God’s heart for multicultural worship and expression.
During any holiday where the nations gather to celebrate, we as Christians can make the most out of the unity that is formed; especially when it comes to worship.
A simple act that we can do to bring the Kingdom of God ever closer in our neighborhoods and individual hearts is to inspire worship during these times.
Of course, celebrating with family should be the main priority during any holiday. However, lulls in the family celebrations make for perfect times of worship that can further unite many peoples under Christ. These times of worship can also serve to introduce Christ to the many cultures through musical expression.
Consider how greatly a worship song from India would affect an Indian-American or Indian immigrant. The same can be imagined for any culture.
Impromptu worship circles in a parking lot while waiting for fireworks to start is a great way to unite the cultures in worship. Sing multicultural songs to bring greater unity.
Setting up a worship event in a park for an hour or less during a holiday will help inspire unity.
Reserving space to worship in the mall during heavy shopping seasons gives times for the stressed and depressed to reflect and feel peace.
These are all ways to use the holidays to inspire multicultural worship.
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