"Every nation, tribe, people and language"
After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb…And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” — Revelation 7:9–10
Inaugurated eschatology is the belief in Christian theology that the end times were inaugurated in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, and thus there are both "already" and "not yet" aspects to the Kingdom of God.
I'm no expert eschatologist, but I know that my family experienced some of the "already" this weekend in Doi Saket. I'm grateful that some of you were able to join us via Facebook Live.
Among our staff and kids, we have seven distinct tribal groups represented at Asia's Hope Thailand: Lisu, Lahu, Hmong, Akha, Shan, Po Karen and Sgkaw Karen. And although they live together as brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, they still recognize and celebrate their unique ethnic heritage.
At church on Sunday, most of the kids wore clothes that represent their tribal identity. And as our truly multi-ethnic congregation lifted its voice in worship, we got to experience a little bit of God's kingdom now. May God bless all of our churches with more diversity and unity!