“After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands” Rev. 7:9
Every nation. All tribes. All peoples.
At a time when anger and disunity has been characterizing our nation, what a beautiful picture Revelation represents of the unity of God’s people worshiping him together.
My name is Sarah Johnson. After graduating from Gettysburg College in May 2015, I began to work with DiscipleMakers in the Lancaster area. DiscipleMakers is a campus ministry at colleges and universities across eastern Pennsylvania. For me, 2017 began with DiscipleMakers’ Winter Staff Training Conference. The theme of our conference was ministering well to students from ethnic minorities. I’ll share two of my main takeaways:
– God has uniquely revealed himself to each different culture. No one can fully see the richness of God from the narrow view of just their own culture. If we aren’t willing to step outside our comfort zone and interact with people of other cultures, we will miss out on seeing the fullness of God’s glory displayed in his people.
– Colorblindness is not the answer, it actually makes things worse. When I say “I just will see everyone the same,” what I’m actually saying is “I’ll just view everyone as a white American” (since that is my culture). God created the differences; they are beautiful, and they are meant to bring him glory. In our fellowships, we want to create a fruit salad of tasty variety, not a fruit smoothie where everyone gets crushed.
Pastor John’s sermon series, Let the Nations be Glad, continues the theme of the LORD’s care for the nations, which has certainly been a main theme of my life these past weeks. I have been encouraged by the reality of our Sovereign God on his throne, carrying out his rescue plan for his people. The gospel provides real hope for healing and reconciliation.
Sarah Johnson is a campus missionary with DiscipleMakers at Lebanon Valley College. If you’d like to know more about DiscipleMakers or racial reconciliation, she’d love to chat with you! Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.