Coexist, what a beautiful thought for people with differences! In the words of the late Rodney King, “Why can’t we all just get along?” The popular, “Coexists” bumper sticker suggests a planet with universal harmony, world peace and goodwill is jeopardized only by the harsh dogmas of religion. A growing number of Millennials, 82% according to debate.org, (I think this is exaggerated) believe it’s time religion be abolished. Proponents of this view accuse religion of killing, condemning and enslaving people for thousands of years, and now its time for more reasonable minds to thrive. The problem has never been religion, though.
The problem is human nature.
Human nature loves to kill, condemn and enslave other human beings and mask it with religion, politics or eloquently-spoken worldviews that pit one set of humans against another. Violence, oppression, terrorism, slavery and human trafficking have always been apart of the human story with no end in sight. Simply, we cannot control ourselves. So, what is the answer? Where is the hope?
Our only hope is in relationship with our Creator.
The goal of Jesus Christ has never been harmony. The goal is truth. But truth is not very popular these days, because truth defines right from wrong. This “Coexists” bumper stick suggests the universal absence of truth, or perhaps the presence of many different truths. This belief is known as, “Relativism”. It asks, “Which truth do you prefer?” Greg Koukl compares the definition of truth to ice cream or insulin. If you think truth is like ice cream, pick your favorite flavor. But Jesus taught truth as insulin: Only one medication will save your life. Jesus said that He is the Truth, and that all men would be held accountable by that Truth.
Relativism says, “You can have your truth and I can have mine, and both roads lead to heaven.” If the goal is harmony, relativism will keep the lid on anarchy for a while, but eventually human nature prevails and the human story continues to be written on blood-stained pages.
Our only hope is in the message of the Cross. It’s a message of love and forgiveness. In spite of our evil nature and impulse to sin, God loves us, and demonstrated His love by giving us His only Begotten Son as a pure sacrifice for salvation.
So, next time you’re in your car and come to a stop only to see a “Coexists” bumper sticker, pray for the driver. He lives in a world where creation itself testifies of both life and death; right and wrong; heaven and hell. And in spite of a world full of opinions, individually, we will be held accountable by only one truth.
Are you ready for it?