This past month, I immersed myself in trying to understand issues of race in contemporary culture, including inner city poverty, unconscious prejudice, and mass incarceration. What did I learn? That it will take superhuman amounts of humility, honesty, and selflessness to remedy the struggles so many face today. To be candid, I’m not certain if our finger-pointing society has the virtue required to do it.
Which is why I needed to dream with Jesus’ friend John—“After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb” (Revelation 7:9). Look at the uncountable crowd in John’s dream! From every nation. From every tribe. From every people. From every language. The saved are Africans, Americans, Asians, Canadians. They speak English, Arabic, and all the accents you can choose for Alexa. Your people, my people, all people are there. If unrepentant racists were allowed into heaven, they would hate the VIP section. Because in heaven there is fellowship without discrimination, praise without hesitation, and worship without segregation. If you love diversity, you will adore eternity.
That glimpse gives me the motivation I need to keep fighting so that God’s will might be done here on earth as it is there in heaven. I pray that it fuels up your heart to fight for truth and justice too.