How often do we let our earthly culture overshadow the Kingdom culture that God intended for His children? Luke 13:29 (NIV) states the following: “People will come from east and west and north and south and will take their places at the kingdom of God.” If people from all over the world are in God’s Kingdom, shouldn’t it also look like this on earth?
In the words of Sam Chand, “This is much more than just bringing white and black churches together. This is much more than just bringing white and black people together. This is restoring the Kingdom of God to the origin He intended.” As long as we’re focusing on how we can make church congregations look inclusive to an observer, we’re thinking too small. We need to instead embrace our brothers and sisters, self-analyze for areas of culpability, and strive for a tomorrow that effectively reflects God’s all-inclusive Kingdom.
In closing, this shift to true Kingdom culture will not happen overnight and it will not happen by default. It will take intentionality on the part of each of its members and help from our Lord on the heart level. John, who was given a vision of heaven by God, gives us an exciting description of the Kingdom in Revelation 7:9-10 (NIV):
“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.’”
Dr. Derek Grier