Honoring vs Patronising other cultures in worship
Question: What to you is the difference between valuing/honoring a culture and patronizing it? In a word, I would say relationship. If I were to choose one thread that is woven throughout all the classes I taught last week, it would be this: “Worship leaders, we must be connected to our people.” We can’t be disconnected from the people on our team or from the people in our congregations because it’s through relationships that passport is built and trust is established. And so, when I call my Korean brother up on the stage to lead in prayer, he knows my heart. He knows we’ve prayed before, just him and me, where he’s prayed in Korean and I’ve prayed over him in English. And so, that relationship is already there and so it doesn’t feel odd or that he’s being exploited. It’s just an extension of our relationship, then, with the rest of the congregation. I think I can’t highlight that enough… relationships are important.