Saturday, April 28, 2012

Heaven


I work in a public college, and anybody who works for the government knows how much we are told to be inclusive, multicultural, diverse, appreciative of diversity, etc.  I think that is an admirable goal but an impossible dream on this earth.  I also think it is a sign of our yearning for heaven and a place where birth and skin color don’t matter.  I think we can get better at it, that we can grow as a society, that we can protect civil rights of all, that we should teach respect for all, but we can’t legislate people into accepting everyone just like they would accept people of their own ethnicity, tribe, language, etc.  Only in heaven will God achieve this beautiful model, not we ourselves.  We are always going to be a little afraid of difference; of course, that doesn’t mean we hurt or demean people.  In fact, if the Christian faith should do anything for believers, it should empower them to look beyond anything external to see the soul.  God achieves it because He is perfect and His heaven is perfect; God achieves it because there is no fear in heaven (perfect love casts out fear).  God achieves it because what will unify us is not nationality or race or language but belief and glorification of God.

Here are the words of the beautiful song "Glory" sung by Selah.
One day eyes that are blind will see you clearly
And one day all who deny will finally believe
One day hearts made of stone will break in pieces
And one day chains once unbroken will fall down at your feet
So we wait for that one day come quickly

Chorus
We want to see your Glory
Every knee falls down before thee
Every tongue offers you praise
With every hand raised
Singing Glory
To you and unto you only
We'll sing Glory to Your name

One day voices that lie will all be silent
One day all that's divided will be whole again
One day death will retreat and wave it's white flag
One day love will defeat the strongest enemy
So we wait for that one day come quickly

Chorus

We know not the day or the hour
Or the moments in between
But we know the end of the story
When we'll see

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