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Is multiculturalism a good thing?

This is a helpful look at the nature of multiculturalism and an evaluation of whether it is a good thing. The author, begins,

Multiculturalism is a thorny topic. It is also a topic on which any truly rational discussion is very difficult. The problem is that many people equate criticism of multiculturalism with racism. Since nobody wants to be accused of racism (quite rightly), it is easier and safer to avoid talking about anything that might get one accused of it. This is, however, unhelpful in a world in which multiculturalism is often the very cause of much of the racism in society. If we wish to address the evil of racism, we must address its causes, one of which is a certain type of multiculturalism.Before we look at contemporary multiculturalism, it might be helpful to look at how it has impacted history, for better or worse.

Source: What is Multiculturalism and Should We Embrace It? – The Imaginative Conservative

Scott Aniol

About Scott Aniol

Scott Aniol is the founder and Executive Director of Religious Affections Ministries. He is Chair of the Worship Ministry Department at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses in ministry, worship, hymnology, aesthetics, culture, and philosophy. He is the author of Worship in Song: A Biblical Approach to Music and Worship, Sound Worship: A Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World, and By the Waters of Babylon: Worship in a Post-Christian Culture, and speaks around the country in churches and conferences. He is an elder in his church in Fort Worth, TX where he resides with his wife and four children. Views posted here are his own and not necessarily those of his employer.

5 Responses to Is multiculturalism a good thing?

  1. Pastor Scott,

    The article doesn’t seem to address a multicultural church but I would venture to say that in Mark 11:17, Christ Jesus prescribes a place of Godly worship to be multicultural: “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations.”


  2. Todd,

    The Bible is clear that the church (and her worship) will be (and should be) multi-ETHNIC, that is, made up of people from every tribe, tongue, language, and people.

    But this is different from multi-CULTURALISM.

    Ethnicities involve PEOPLE. Culture involves BEHAVIOR. God desires all PEOPLE to come to him. Not all BEHAVIORS are pleasing to him.

    Thus, Christian worship should be multi-ETHNIC, but not multi-CULTURAL.

  3. Burning widows at the husbands’ funerals, “circumcising” young girls, binding young girls’ feet, taking multiple wives, and even worshipping Jehovah with music birthed in animism may not be to your taste, but some really find all these things nice. After all, where does the Bible explicitly forbid any of these cultural practices?

    Each of these are just examples of image-bearers redeeming their culture.

    Or so says today’s evangelical.

    Multi-culturalism is the death of absolute truth since at its core it argues that each group’s behaviors are equally good, true, and beautiful.

  4. Pastor Scott,

    Can we not try to reach communities that are different in culture from us? I’ll try to think of an example. Must we refrain from attempts to reach Biker communities and target HD (Harley-Davidson) riders and their buddies? I don’t consider myself a member of the Biker culture, but what if I were?

  5. Of course we should try to reach people of all walks of life. But this does not mean we approve of their behavior if their behavior is sinful, and neither does “reaching people” mean adopting their sinful behavior in order to reach them. The gospel often confronts cultures if those cultures are contrary to God’s Word (see Acts 17).

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