You may have seen this bumper sticker driving down the road sometime …
According to Wikipedia: The Coexist Foundation is a charitable organization based in London, England which aims to improve religious relationships between people of Islamic, Jewish and Christian faiths. The stated mission of the foundation is to “promote, encourage and support engagement between Jews, Christians and Muslims both individually and through their respective communities through dialogue, education and research.
In my mind, some of the other symbols in ‘coexist’ could suggest an agenda beyond what’s described above …
This is one of those times I’d like to follow the dictionary trail (WordWeb) …
Coexist is defined as to exist peacefully (as of nations), exist together.
“Do not think that I have come to bring PEACE to the earth. I have not come to bring PEACE, but a sword.” Matthew 10:34 (ESV)
Jesus did not come to establish peace among all men on the earth … He came to restore peace between man and God and to restore peace among the children of God (Israel and Judah didn’t do too well) … an escape from God’s coming wrath.
For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making PEACE by the blood of his cross. Colossians 1:19-20 (ESV)
Continuing down the old dictionary trail …
Exist is defined as have an existence, be extant, support oneself.
Extant is defined as still in existence, not extinct, destroyed or lost.
For the Son of Man came to seek and TO SAVE THE LOST. Luke 19:10 (ESV)
Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy THAT LEADS TO DESTRUCTION, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. Matthew 7:13-14 (ESV)
Once again, not destroyed?
So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. THE THIEF COMES ONLY TO STEAL AND KILL AND DESTROY. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:7-10 (ESV)
Life is defined as the experience of being alive.
Abundantly is defined as being plentiful.
You know … it may just be me … but tolerance and coexist sure do seem to have a lot in common.
My choice is abundant life … what’s yours?