This is part 3 of a four-part blog series on racial and cultural diversity. The material here is excerpted from a book I have coming out next year called Gaining by Losing: Why the Future Belongs to Churches that Send. Be sure to read part 1 and part 2.
Many majority culture believers say they want a multi-cultural church, but when you get down to it, they really don’t. They want a group of people of different races coming together to worship in their preferred style. You might say (as my friend Vance Pitman often does), they want a multi-colored church, not a multi-cultural one.
Do you want to know how you can know you are in a multi-cultural church? Sometimes you feel uncomfortable. If you’re not feeling uncomfortable, chances are you are in a church dominated by your own cultural preferences. I once had a white college student tell me that he wished our church were more multi-cultural. I told him to keep praying about it. A few weeks later he told me that he didn’t like how one of our worship leaders jumped around on stage and told everyone to raise their hands, and wanted to know if I could tell him to quit. I suggested to him that maybe he didn’t really want a multi-cultural church after all, just a bunch of different-colored people acting like they grew up in his culture.