So…I have decided to step into a…shall we say mess…and share some thoughts on a very popular bumper sticker. (By the way, why would anyone want to ruin their car with a bumper sticker anyway…Christian or not?). But I digress
Seen it? I see a lot of these bumper stickers around (we are close to Indiana liberal University), so it should not be a surprise. My sanity may be called into question because 1) I am broaching this subject to start with; and 2) because I think it is a bunch of hogwash. By the way, here is the original:
There is a slight variation, but for the uninitiated let me translate. First symbol=crescent and star for Islam. Second = pentagram for Wiccan (on original) replaced by peace symbol. Third = relativity formula for science. Fourth= star of David for Judaism. Fifth = Karma wheel dotting the i for Buddhism. Sixth= Tao for Taoism. Seventh= cross for Christianity.
AND WE WILL ALL
COEXIST GET ALONG.
Really have only one thing to say about that…AIN’T GOING TO HAPPEN! Shoot, church people who call themselves Christians can’t even get along, let alone all these religious groups getting along. Funny thing (not haha funny) is that I am not even talking about political, or even cultural, fallout. That alone ought to let people know their bumper sticker is nothing more than a pipe dream.
I’m talking spiritual truth. Can someone honestly tell me that if I proclaim Jesus Christ is the only begotten, virgin born Son of the only true God (which I do believe), that a radical Muslim or any other religion is going to say, “I totally agree with you!” The Bible is clear there will not be peace. Jesus, Himself, said, “Do not think I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.” (Mt.10:34) Translated: His ideas were so radical they would upset everything. He is the King of kings and Lord of lords. Only when men and women turn their hearts to Him in surrender will there be real change. And there won’t be real peace until He returns and we are sitting down at the Wedding Feast. Oops, there are some that don’t believe that. So much for coexistence.
The buzzword these days is tolerance. To be honest, I am s-o-o-o-o-o-o tired of hearing that word. I have found those who preach tolerance are the ones who are most intolerant if you disagree with them. Yeah, go figure.
Well…I’ve said enough. Maybe too much. I know people will disagree-that is their right. You may. But as close-minded as it may sound…I will not compromise the Gospel to pretend coexistence or tolerance. I do not hate, but simply do not see it happening. Time for your thoughts. Be kind. This is my blog so I will approve/disapprove (especially any rude or degrading ones) all remarks.
A disclaimer: these are my thoughts, not necessarily those of OVCF, its leadership or members.