I am tired of seeing those ‘coexist’ bumper stickers. You know- the ones with all the different religious symbols making up the letters of the word. Not that coexisting is a bad thing. It’s the message that the bumper sticker actually gives that wears me out.
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The message of the bumper sticker is that religions should all be getting along. The de-facto idea is that NONE of the differences you have should override getting along. The sticker’s idea would be that whatever it is that you disagree on should be ‘set’ aside for peace’s sake. Not that you can’t believe that- just don’t insist on it.
And that is my problem. See, an owner of said bumper sticker is saying that the religious person’s ideas are causing problems because they insist on them. The owner sees the solution in the form of ‘insisting’ on their own ideas! In essence, they aren’t saying ‘Coexist,’ they are saying ‘Submit!’ Specifically, submit to how they see the world should work.
Wasn’t that their problem in the first place?
Evangelicals are spilt during this election season and one of the reasons why is the seeming success of labeling anti-abortion voting as ‘single-issue’ voting. Some liberal and ‘progressive’ talking heads have gone as far as to label these voters as ‘immoral.’ This line of philosophy has made inroads in the evangelical realm. This should not be surprising as the rise of liberal thought within evangelicalism has shown a stunning lack of deeper thinking, especially among younger evangelicals. The main problem is that the ‘single-issue’ charge is unfounded. ‘Prioritized voter’ is a better definition, and considering the stakes, to not be one raises serious moral concerns. Read more
If there is one singular thing that is going to send more people to hell than ‘goodness,’ I don’t know what it is. I realize that sin is the ultimate reason for the punishment of the wrath of God, but what I am talking about here is the total misunderstanding of God, who He is and what He requires that so pervades the church and most of our culture. Read more
Big words. While I will need to explain the scope of what I mean, I don’t think that many would disagree that more and more, the church is becoming an irrelevancy. The difference in how I mean it and the way most others would mean it is where this post will address itself. You could best sum up what I am going to say by saying: the church is becoming an irrelevance to the church.
Simple distinctions can be the most important. In fact, often times they are ‘simple’ because they are so fundamental that there can really be no other alternative.
“If the Gospel is veiled, it is veiled to the perishing. The god of this world has blinded them to the light of the Gospel, which is the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” 2 Cor 4:3-4
Any thought that exalts itself against the knowledge of Christ should be taken out behind the barn and shot (2 Cor 10:5). No, that doesn’t mean that I think unbelievers should be shot. Some ‘Christians’ on the other hand . . .