Coexist

by · January 2, 2012

Undoubtedly, you have heard someone, somewhere say, “I don’t care what you believe …” or maybe, “We just need to coexist.”  Those conclusions are usually offered by non-Christians or those that hold faith and Scripture loosely.

I’ll make this very short. I believe the conclusion people make should be slightly augmented to reflect the reality behind it. Perhaps it should say,

I don’t care what you believe as long as it doesn’t get in the way of what I want.

and,

We just need to coexist and create the truth that is immediately convenient to how I live my life.

Scripture is not popular because (among many other reasons) it doesn’t seem to have any regard for our personal convenience. In an age of post-enlightenment where everything is telling me that I’m the center of the universe it’s hard to want to abide by something that is counter to my nature.

This is just something I was thinking through and thought I’d share with you. Do you think we can actually coexist peacefully in a fallen world? This doesn’t even seem to work in the natural cycle of life (i.e. the food chain). Have you ever heard of a hungry lioness coexisting naturally with a tasty gazelle? What do you think?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/cgonzo3 Chris Gonzalez

    almost like you need a different paradigm to break out of the post-enlightenment paradigm.  got any recommendations?

  • http://www.shrinkthechurch.com SHRINK the church

    Christ. This is not a, “Christ, plus …” response, but, pre-enlightenment was a world of people who were accustomed to being under and submitting to authority. Often that authority was grossly abused by corrupt dictators and greedy oligarchy’s and rejection of that type of authority in my opinion is what likely moved us toward a post-enlightenment era. We are starting to see this in countries such as Iraq and Libya where people are rising up and rejecting the corrupt authority (or authority in general). Maybe it’s all that dang MTV and Facebook. Or, maybe it’s the advocacy of democracy. Maybe it’s the nature of global advertising with big business. I dunno, but for some reason it’s all about me now. ;)

  • Anonymous

    I’ve always taken it to mean “don’t kill each other” and “be kind to one another” despite our differences.

    Your last paragraph seems to imply that you’re OK with violence in the name of religion.  Otherwise, why use different religions compared to different species?

  • Jennifer

    I proudly display a “coexist” sticker on the windshield of my vehicle, right along with my church sticker. This statement has nothing to do with lack of faith or scripture; if anything it supports John 13: 34-35 “As I have loved you, so you must love one another”

  • steph

    Preach it Sister!

  • steph

    Preach it Sister!

  • steph

    Preach it Sister!

  • WhiskeyTheologian

    Disagreed. We are to love one another as we would love ourself, to go the extra mile for our neighbor, to care for them, feed them, clothe them, meet their physical/emotional/relational needs….Jesus consistently did all of this before he spoke to anyone’s spiritual needs. The fact that people say “well there is friction here because I believe in the GOSPEL and were going to have friction because we dont BELONG here” is a bit of a cop out. Remember that guy who was crucified and died attempting to make peace with others? He went to the grave – and back – encouraging us to turn the other cheek, to care for one another, and to bear patiently with those who are different than us. Why? Because while we were still sinners [and fundamentally different] Christ [became submissive even to the point of death] for us.

    The least we can do is try to be loving and accepting towards one another.

    P.S.

    “Acceptance” doesn’t mean you have to bless or condone everyone. Jesus was loving and accepting of the woman at the well, but he didn’t smack her on the back and congratulate her for whoring around :P

  • SonoranSnoozer

    Yes, 100% agreed. It just means being a good neighbor to people with different beliefs, and realizing that there should be no coercion in evangelism. It doesn’t mean we have to stop evangelizing or that we consider all faiths equally valid, although some may take it that way.

  • Alex

    That’s what it might mean to you, but the real meaning behind the sticker is to try and show there are many ways to God, through Islam, Buddhism, being a good person… the sticker even has a satanic star on it. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” He also said, “Everyone will hate you because of me…” There is a difference between loving everyone and trying to coexist with darkness. Light and darkness cannot coexist.

    And in reply to Sororan, would a good neighbor stand outside their neighbors house doing nothing as people die inside? If we are to be good neighbors we should share the gospel in speech and action. Christians have become too passive in the US in fear of offending people by tell them they may be wrong or they have sin. As Paul said, the cross itself is offensive.