A Taste of the New Jerusalem

Christians share a bond that transcends race and identity.


John Stonestreet

Timothy D Padgett

Recently, political scientist Wilfred Riley re-shared a post by NBA player Jonathan Isaac, a very public Christian. In it, Isaac is pictured with two children and the caption, “Met these two today! They couldn’t wait to tell me they were ‘Saved…’ I thought it was so awesome!” 

Moved by the connection between this professional athlete and two kids of a different race, Riley wrote, “One very real advantage of religion is that—objectively true or not—it creates a higher bond that brings together people of different races, religions, etc.” 

He’s right that Christians share a bond and identity that transcends race, age, and culture. It’s a foretaste of the New Jerusalem that is to come. But this isn’t true of all religions. What Riley missed is that this wasn’t a picture Isaac took with two of his fans. Rather, it was a picture he took with two people who, like him, are fans of the Lord Jesus Christ. 


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