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The Elect(ion)

I Can Only Imagine

“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:3-4

Yesterday I experienced something I had never experienced before.  I attended a Christian hip-hop concert, the Unashamed Tour with LeCrae, Trip Lee, Tedashii and other artists.  I was baptized in 1999 and through all the church services and revivals I have attended since then, I can honestly say I have never experienced anything more reflective of the diverse body of Christ than I did last night – at a rap concert. Every nationality was represented, male and female, young and old all together to praise and worship. Only one can unite like that.  JESUS.

As I was exposed to a new music and worshiped in a way I never had before, I looked around the arena in amazement and awe. In that moment, I glimpsed what heaven must surely look like: diverse.

Heaven is where we as Christians long to go, but I wonder how many of us are truly prepared for the sheer diversity of heaven.

This year we will elect the 45th president of the United States. It has been an interesting election year to me because I have seen various individuals that proclaim themselves as Christians malign the candidates and those that support them often times in the very name of Jesus Christ.  I am not sure what Bible some read, but this is not reflective of the Word I have read.  It saddens me how divisive we are as Christians to those who we claim to love in Christ Jesus.  We can have diverging opinions, but what are we showing the world about those we claim to call brothers and sisters in Christ?

Yet when I think about the future of the elect, we who are Christians, I reflect on the true King and what eternity will look like.  So as I listened to a crowd of thousands, some who looked like me and some who did not, worship I was able to reflect and imagine just what is in store for my brethren and I. I caught a glimpse of Heaven. Our stories were all different.  Our testimonies look nothing alike. Some were just starting in the faith and others were in their faith walk with Christ for decades. Yet we all were gathered to worship the risen Savior, our Redeemer, and Lord Christ Jesus.  As Christians, not only will be we united with our Father and Christ, we will be united with each other.  I can only image. Can you?