The focus of this post is not on the violence, rioting, and looting that are taking place around the nation. Neither am I excusing these misguided actions. These acts have clearly missed the message of the many peaceful protests and must be denounced as such.
With the above out of the way, here is where I want to focus our attention: John’s vision in Revelation 7:9-10 and how it should inform our race relations.
“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. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice:
‘Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.'”
1. Let’s take a closer look at John’s vision: the great multitude is from every nation, tribe, people and language. That’s all of humanity represented before that throne. None is left out. None is forgotten.
2. They were all standing before the throne and before the Lamb, ready to pay homage for their salvation. None is left out. None is forgotten.
3. They were all wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. Their white robes represents their preparation to come in to the presence of a holy God. Their white branches to pay homage. None is left out. None is forgotten.
4. They all cried in a loud voice and sang the same song, testifying to the salvation that they had all received from our God and the Lamb. None is left out. None is forgotten.
Heaven does not practice racism. Heaven does not practice racial discrimination. Heaven knows no such prejudice.
Remember, all of humanity–people of every nation, tribe, and language–equally bear the image of God and equally in need of salvation. Equally.
My prayer is that this heavenly vision will both captivate and transform our hearts and minds–to see others the way heaven sees them.