“After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands; and they cry out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.’” – Revelation 7:9-10 NASB
Here we see a beautiful image of unity before God. This passage sets the scene for a great multicultural worship gathering that will attend the second coming of Christ. But why should we wait for Christ’s second coming to experience such a diverse worship event?
In this passage we gain a glimpse of God’s ideal worship environment. People from all cultures and languages worshipping together is beautiful and here we see it’s what God desires as well. However, we often segregate ourselves. Most of the time we segregate ourselves subconsciously, but every once in a while we consciously stay away from people who are not like us. It’s understandable. Sometimes new things are scary. We may not fully understand a new culture and think some things about it are weird. To be sure, the other person is facing the same fears and thoughts. Yet, everyone should care about multicultural worship because God desires it.
We need to get over ourselves and our petty fears of different peoples and cultures. Once we do so, we can be sure that we will start entering into the reality that God so desires for us.
What do you think? How can we best overcome our fears to enter into the ideal worship experience that God wants for us?
Want a glimpse into what such an experience would be? Here’s a video from Proskuneo Ministries that gives a small glimpse into a diverse worship experience.
Take a moment now to write down in a notebook or on a 3×5 index card what you can do personally to help you care more for God’s ideal, multicultural worship experience.