Our Burden & Hope
The Scriptures are clear. In Revelation 5:9-10 John gives a glimpse into eternity with God.
And they sang a new song, saying: ‘You are worthy to take the scroll and open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.’
The family that Christ purchased with His blood is one. The family is not homogenous, but ethnically and culturally diverse, dynamic, different, and yet united. There is oneness in the eternal family of God.
There are some who claim that we live in a ‘post-racial’ society. Yet, when we pay close attention and think critically, we can clearly see the structures in our society, the words and actions of people, and the thoughts that come to our own minds often tell a different story.
Amidst a diverse, dynamic, and beautiful world, there is still much division. The Church, called to oneness as the family of God, as beautiful as she is, is not yet complete. The ethnic and cultural divisions plaguing our world still affect her. She is not yet living the eternal reality. She is one, yet not fully one.
What if the construct and realities of race didn’t divide us and become the sticking point of exclusion, injustice, and pain? What if, instead, our differences were the catalyst to dynamic and creative interaction, love, and beauty? The best is still yet to come.
In the classic passage of Romans 12:1-2, the Apostle Paul calls us to “not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our mind.” As with any aspect of the life of Christian faith, to renew our minds in the areas of ethnicity and culture we must be taught and trained to see, understand, and act differently; like Christ.
To this end the Institute trains and equips Christian leaders.