I am reading with interest Thabiti’s thoughts on “Can The Predominantly African-American Church Be Reformed?” After assimilating all his posts, perhaps I’ll comment from my perspective on this, as it is a question (perhaps differently phrased) that I think about with some frequency.
Especially more now after worship a couple of weeks ago. As a church plant we meet in the banquet facilities of the Ramada Inn, and on one particular Lord’s Day, we were privileged with the presence of four older, Godly, black ladies who were staying at the Ramada for a funeral that they were in town for. They saw us setting up for worship, went and changed into “church clothes” and blessed our fellowship with their voices, their worship, and their fellowship. I was not preaching that morning, but sat in the back across from them as our director of youth and family ministries brought the Word and was blessed as these ladies resonded to the Word in ways that I am assuming are the norm in their worship tradition.
It was wonderful! I’ve experienced it before and genuinely desire more of it. Corporate worship where there was real unity in Christ, a real unity in purpose of worship, and yet different intonations, different cadences, different emotive responses to the same stimuli of the Word, and prayer and song. And it was more culturally nuanced than merely a mixture of “black” and “white”. It has to be at least in part a foretaste of Kingdom worship as described by John as God’s people from every tongue, tribe and nation worship our King together:
Rev. 5:11-13 (ESV) Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands,  saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!”  And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”
I could be wrong. It might be (probably will be) better than my experience of culturally mixed worship. I can’t imagine it would be less!