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Absolutely: Diversity on Earth as it is in Heaven

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“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.” ~Revelation 7:9 


We believe the Kingdom is wonderfully diverse and united in Christ, reflecting John's vision in Revelation 7:9. We are multi-ethnic, multi-generational, and even multi-politically affiliated, united under the Lamb.


As Kingdom Men, we celebrate diversity and inclusion. This isn’t a political agenda; it’s an absolute truth. The Bible frequently addresses race, class, ethnicity, culture and even political groupings, perhaps because misunderstanding and conflict often arise from not respecting, valuing, and loving those who are different from us. The saying “birds of a feather flock together,” though factual, contrasts sharply with God’s truth and keeps us divided.


John describes the people of Heaven in Revelation 7:9, noting, “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.” Our heavenly bodies are the perfected versions of our earthly bodies, preserving and even enhancing our race, ethnicity, and diversity. What changes is our attitude towards others. John, despite his prejudices, was in awe of the diverse multitude in Heaven.


We believe in an inclusive gospel, the most inclusive message ever given. We have the power to create communities that reflect the Kingdom of Heaven. Each act of kindness, every conversation that bridges a cultural gap, brings us closer to this divine vision. Let’s be the generation that champions inclusivity, celebrating our diversity as the beautiful tapestry of God’s creation.


We are called to represent Heaven here on Earth, praying, “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.” John gives us a glimpse of God’s will in Heaven. Let's reflect on how we can align our reality and our will with His. Do our relationships reflect the diversity of Heaven? What about our gatherings, small groups, work colleagues, friend groups, coaching trees, and the disciple-makers we are training? How can we intentionally grow diversity and inclusion in our spaces?


Let's consider how much this matters to us and make it a priority. The church I attend prioritizes diversity and inclusion in their mission and vision. For example, small groups that are not multi-racial and multi-generational are discouraged and not promoted on their website. This may seem extreme, but for this church, inclusion is a Gospel non-negotiable.


Daily Battle Order:  

Intentionally have conversations with your family about diversity and inclusion. What does fellowship outside of your culture and race look like? Inviting someone in and expanding the circle models acts of kindness, love, and understanding to our children. Allow your family to hold you accountable for bringing this aspect of Heaven to Earth.


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