A biblical theme that never fails to stir my heart is summed up like this: the more beautiful a dimension of God’s creation is, the more fragile it is and vulnerable to distortion and abuse.
It’s true of the wonders of the created world.
It’s true of the mystery of human sexuality.
And it’s true of the reality that humankind is comprised of many races who are all called to be in one in Christ, a foretaste of the great Revelation 7 vision of a multitude gathered from every tribe and language and people and nation.
My favorite denominational statistic is that the non-Caucasian membership of the CRCNA is growing rapidly. For me, it’s not a statistic; it’s faces, voices, hearts, and hands that I have the privilege to encounter all the time. And one of my deepest longings as a binational ministry leader is that the Lord would grow in me wisdom, grace, and teachability concerning how he is calling me to live and lead as a Rev. 7 signpost.
I am the father of a biracial, adoptive family, and a few days ago my daughter sent me an essay written by Kyle Korver, Utah Jazz (NBA) player and son of an RCA pastor. As I read it, I realized Korver was not asking me to engage in a debate with him. I realized he was inviting his readers to glimpse his own heart as it wrestled with the fragile beauty and corresponding uglinesses that live in the now and the not yet on the way to Revelation 7. I realized that he is my brother in struggling, and I was grateful for his invitation to struggle with him.
Thank you, Kyle.