Lovefast 3: Multicultural North America

Image: Mayowa Koleosho (Chicago),  Unsplash

Image: Mayowa Koleosho (Chicago), Unsplash


By Phil from Mahabba Woking


Daily verse

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
— Galatians 3:28, NIVUK

Thought for the day

America has often been described as a great melting pot, into which the peoples of the Old World emigrated and integrated into the New  World, a sort of multicultural soup.

This song  suggests: “You simply melt right in, no matter what your skin”.

Some people prefer the analogy of a Salad Bowl, where the different flavours are retained and enjoyed.

In this one-minute explanation, Prof. Dr. Magala explains the difference:

Coke recently stirred up some strong feelings in their Super Bowl 2017 advert, when America the beautiful was sung in different languages (perhaps suggesting more of a Super Salad Bowl!):

If you have time, watch this 15-minute video, in which each of the seven singers explains how they felt singing in their own language.

Some people felt it should be only sung in English since that is what melting-pot multiculturalism means for them.

These are very deep issues that divide people at the moment, and not just in North America.  

So what about you?  Would you prefer soup or salad as your starter?


Inspired by today's entry in 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World

Further information about Lovefast and past entries can be found here:


Prayer for the day

Pray for your own context - the town where you live - that peoples of any and every nation, tribe and tongue - all God’s children made in his image - would be welcome, no matter where they come from. What can you do to welcome them?


Daily action

One way of getting to know local people is to get a take way or visit a local restaurant - going out for an Indian, Lebanese or maybe even a Somali, depending what is around you. Get to know them one bite at a time. Enjoy !


Your turn

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