It’s an honest question: Why should we care or desire different forms, or expressions, of worship in our church services and quiet times?
What do you think? Is there a need for multicultural worship?
Since God created all the different kinds of peoples and cultures, the underlying fact is that God desires intimate worship from all of His creation.
“Praise the Lord, all nations! Extol him, all peoples! For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord!” Psalm 117:1–2 ESV
All peoples were created to worship God because all humans are created in God’s image. Because we are created in the image of God, we are able to enter into a relationship with Him more so than any other form of creation.
We are not just asked to worship God. Our very being cries out to worship Him. Some of us enter into relationship with our Creator to fill that need. Others of us enter into other false relationships to fill that need.
The basic point here is that all humans in all cultures are created to worship God. And they will worship their creator through the unique cultures that they were born into. The Chinese have their specific forms of worship. India has its specific form of worship. Pakistani Christians worship our Creator in unique and beautiful ways.
Yet the only multicultural worship we as Americans delve into is Hillsong. Yes they are from Australia, but they maintain a similar if not exact worship style to us here in the States.
Our worship services in America, while providing for and meeting the needs of millions of Western believers, is becoming stale with the same version of worship in most churches.
Instilling a multicultural aspect into your church worship service will inspire fresh understandings of God and new ways to express ourselves in our relationships with God.
Why should we care about different forms (read: different cultural forms) of worship? Because in these different experiences we find new ways to love God and experience His creation as a whole?
What do you think? Let us know in the comments below and get in touch with us if you want to bring a multicultural worship event to your church.