Why God Loves Diversity

“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,” (Revelation 7:9)

John had a vision of heaven with God seated on his throne. In that vision, John saw a great multitude from every nation, standing before the throne and proclaiming praises to God. I imagine that praises were offered in different languages and dialects using different cultural expressions.

I love the click consonants of the Xhosa tribes in South Africa and the songs of many African countries in joyous celebration to God. I find it amazing to listen to people from different cultures, expressing glory and praise to God in their own language. I often don’t understand what people are saying, but when I watch as they dance and sing for joy with their hands raised in adoration to God; I can’t help but feel the weight of the anointing coming from their unique sounds of praise.

I imagine that this is how God views it and he created this diversity because he is the God of creation. I imagine that heaven will constitute a diverse blend of people. We will all sing in harmony to God and we will all understand each other’s sounds. God created sounds and within each cultural expression lies the majesty of God. God created us all as one people and our geographical locations have created unique differences.

Our differences are skin deep and based on social constructs that have defined people into different categories. Within our fibre lies the DNA of God. God sees colour, culture, diversity and ethnicities and He says this is good. He loves the sound of our different languages and cultural expressions. God’s desire is that we embrace our differences and combine these cultural expressions to create a unique blend of diverse worship and praise to Him.

A.P.-Y.

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