Did you grow up in your church? Did you attend as a youth and simply never left because of the roots you formed? Or were you “church shopping” and ended up at your church because it fit your tastes more than the others?
Most of us pick our churches for a couple simple reasons:
1. We liked the worship.
2. We liked the community.
And when we say we liked the worship or we liked the people at a church, which usually means we felt comfortable. It means we found people just like us–we found people as close to us as possible.
Typically, we pick our church because it is filled with people like us.
Now, these similarities range over various ideals. Sometimes we choose a church because the worship music is more to our style and liking. Other times we choose a church because people share in similar lifestyles (such as body art, artisticness in general, family life, etc.). There are even times we choose a church because it is a segregated, monocultural church.
Think about it. Why did you choose your church? Most people will respond with some ideal of the church that matched up most with theirs.
Is this bad?
Diversity of worship is instrumental to the spreading of the church and Christianity. We should all be glad there isn’t one style of church.
Don’t feel bad because your whole church looks like you. That’s why you chose it.
However, there are times when we should step out of our comfort levels and seek a more culturally diverse worship experience.
Diversity in worship is what we must seek outside of our normal church walls.
Take some time to think about how you can seek diversity outside of the church walls. We don’t need to rely on our specific church body to introduce diversity into our lives. Let’s take the initiative and start finding diversity on our own.
Write some thoughts down in your journal and share with us in the comments. Together, we’ll work through some ideas in future blog posts that will help us find diversity in the daily aspects of our lives.