A diverse body of believers is an incredible, miraculous thing to observe. I’ve been on the SBTS campus for almost three weeks now and I’ve encountered people who in China worship in packed house churches, who were first invited to church by the roughest guy in an inner city Chicagoan neighborhood, from Haiti, from Korea, from Honduras, and from more places besides these than I could ever imagine.
We who come to Southern to study are just a small sampling of the nations. John Piper in the third edition of Let the Nations be Glad tells us to look at what God is doing throughout the whole world and reminds us of the joy we have in being able to participate in the making of God’s masterpiece. Indeed, “if a work of art continues to win more and more admirers not only across cultures but also across decades and centuries, then its greatness is irresistibly manifested…His true greatness will be manifest in the breadth of the diversity of those who perceive and cherish his beauty” (Piper 222). What an amazing thing of which to be reminded! We who are students at Southern are gathered to admire God’s true greatness which can be perceived in taking a step back, turning around, and seeing who exactly stands there trembling before God with joyful wonder (Piper 38).
The nations are far away, to be sure; but the nations are also here on this campus. It is through this framework that I will observe my classmates and remember that the God we worship has won a diverse variety of admirers.