“While we may not always be aware of it, it would be difficult to worship totally in a monocultural environment. Liturgical plurality is already prevalent, even inherent, in current worship practice. Furthermore those who attempt to create an environment in which worship is experienced only in the most recent normative monocultrual terms, devoid of the influences of history or cross-cultural perspectives, are engaged in a futile effort. To the extent that they succeed, they distort the heart of the gospel they purport to share to contemporary seekers and believers.” – p.13 Gather Into One C. Michael Hawn
What is the “heart of the gospel” that Hawn refers to? The gospel is “Jesus died on the cross to wash away my sins and to give me eternal life”. Right? I believe that his view of the gospel is much more broad: it’s the power of the cross to bring about the restoration of all things and reconciliation of all people to their Creator. So, a monocultural worship service presents a gospel that is handicapped by it’s ethnic exclusivity. It presents the worship of a tribal god who is only concerned with the prosperity and protection of his tribe. In the city, there’s a plurality of cultures and is the ideal place to bring cultures together in the church to make “liturgical plurality” a living organism instead of an artifact of cultural adaptation. But, for the most part we don’t see it happening.