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How [Multi-] Cultural is Your Worship?

A recent online forum called The Network had a stimulating entry on worship and culture, part of which said this:
“Should we only worship one way culturally?…
Worship should strike a healthy balance among four approaches or dimensions to its cultural context: worship is transcultural (some elements of worship are beyond culture), contextual (worship reflects the culture in which it is offered), cross-cultural (worship breaks barriers of culture through worship), and counter-cultural (worship resists the idolatries of its cultural context}.”

The following scriptures were cited to consider:

Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Rom. 12)

“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.” (Matt. 5:13)

They sing a new song: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slaughtered and by your blood you ransomed for God saints from every tribe and language and people and nation; (Rev. 5:9)

Provocative stuff, don’t you think? I wonder how many of our congregations stretch toward and enriching multi-cultural worship practice without consciously or unconsciously adopting new (or perpetuating old) idolatries?

Your thoughts?

David Livingstone Rowe

Posted in Multicultural on 17 September 2012

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