Whenever the headlines of racism and injustice get me down, I turn to one of the Bible’s most inspiring parts, Revelation chapter 7: “Therefore, ‘they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence. “Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat down on them,” nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; “he will lead them to springs of living water.” “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes”’” (verses 15-17).
Does it get any better than that? One day the nations will stand before the throne of God. One day people from all races will enter his temple. One day we will feel the cool shadow of his presence. One day Jesus will bring us to the springs that satisfy the soul. One day God will bless us with everything we’ve ever wanted—love, freedom, acceptance, attention, justice, joy—everything will be ours. Because we will be with God.
What a dream the apostle John had! A dream with no majority or minority. No unfamiliarity or insensitivity. No negativity or disparity due to diversity. No monstrosity of slavery. No brutality of inequality. Only a glorious community of every ethnicity. Only diversity gathered in flawless unity. Only the beauty and fraternity of final victory. Only humanity and divinity for all eternity. Oh, come quickly, Jesus! We can’t wait for this day!