Christianity 201

January 13, 2011

Worship Around the World

There’s a line in the Apostle’s Creed that says, “I Believe in the Holy Catholic Church.”   Most people reading this recognize that this not a reference to The Vatican, but rather a statement of the “universal” or “worldwide” church.

But it’s easy to forget this.

Most of us in North America and even Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Western Europe are saturated with our own brand of Christianity.  We forget that God has a people working and serving and teaching and worshipping around the world.

Consider the following worship song with which most of you are intimately familiar.  Then catch a few bars of the same song in French.  I always find listening to foreign language versions of hymns and choruses — though I might only catch a few words I actually understand — enlarges my perspective on what it means to be part of a Church that is alive and well and sharing the truth of the gospel and the love of Christ around the world.