“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, and crying out with a loud voice, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!’”
– Revelation 7:9
Revelation 7 paints a beautiful picture of heaven – the final gathering of God’s people from “every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages.” The Bible makes it clear that God delights in the diversity within the human race. We all have our differences, yet we are all created in His image and for his glory.
At HCA, our student body is a true picture of Kingdom diversity. Our students hail from over 100 different churches, and our ethnic diversity rate is 57%, meaning that over half of our students are African American, Asian, Latino, and others. Our students embrace one another as friends, and as brothers and sisters in the Lord, breaking down the barriers of racial and cultural differences. While diverse, our student body is also united. Despite different backgrounds, our students are first and foremost children of God, and display a great unity in spirit.
In His last recorded prayer before His crucifixion, Jesus prayed, “I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.” At HCA, our desire is that every child has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Our diverse student body stands as one, with one common goal: to become more and more like Jesus. What a beautiful picture of the Kingdom diversity we will one day experience together, as we gather from every tribe, nation, and tongue, and worship before the throne of the Lord as one.