We recently discussed why everyone should care about multicultural worship. If you haven’t read that, take a moment to read that short post then return here [link].
So now we know that a diverse worship experience is God’s ideal for mankind since it is what’s going to happen at the return of Christ. We also know we shouldn’t seek to wait until Christ’s second coming to live out the ideals God has for our lives. Now, we need to figure out what multicultural worship is.
Just what makes a multicultural worship experience?
Does a multicultural worship experience simply consist of a group of Americans singing an African worship song? Or a Vietnamese church singing an American country gospel song?
No, God’s ideal of a diverse worship event goes much deeper.
Multicultural worship is more than exploring the vastness of other culture’s worship songs even if that’s a good starting point.
Yet we see that multicultural worship involves actively seeking out people who are different from you culturally and worshipping God together in the same place at the same time.
That means we have to get out of our comfort zones to meet people of different cultures and embrace their differences. This doesn’t mean we bring in people of other cultures only to make sure their cultural expression matches our own. That’s not diversity. That’s assimilation.
Rather, we must learn to embrace the differences. We must learn to champion each other in our uniqueness. God would have made us all the same if he wanted us to be the same. But instead God made us unique. We are each unique beings from the day we were created.
A multicultural worship experience means:
- We make a deeper expression of worship than simply singing songs of another culture.
- We intentionally gather with people of other cultures and languages to worship God.
- We learn to embrace differences and champion them instead of trying to force people to become just like us.
What are some other characteristics of a multicultural worship experience? Spend some time to think about them and write them down in a notebook or on a 3×5 index card. Then come back here to share them with us.