Coexisting and Division

2 Timothy 4:1 “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears”. I was thinking about those bumper stickers we see that use the different religious symbols to spell out the word COEXIST. And it is true in that we all coexist; on the same planet that is. Muslims, Buddhist, Christians, etc all exist on this planet. The idea that the bumper sticker is trying to drive home with it’s coexist slogan is that everyone should do away with their absolutes, their black and white beliefs.

The thing is this, Jesus said in Matthew 10:34 “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.” The cross is a divider. Paul tells us that “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18. So we have not been called to coexist; because we already do that. But God has called us to “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord,” 2 Corinthians 6:17.

We are called to be witnesses for Christ, Acts 1:8 “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” When we look at that we see where we both coexist with those in this world and how we are to reach them. It starts with Jerusalem, not the literal one (unless you live there) but here it means your home. Judaea refers to your extended family, friends, and neighbors. Samaria is talking about those who we may not get along with, those who have a problem with us and even those we come in contact with but don’t know who they are. And finally “the uttermost part of the earth” that is the distance traveled. Usually we reach this area by sending missionaries. The money you give to support them helps them reach the uttermost parts; so your dollars given count in you helping to evangelize the lost.

Now if someone doesn’t want to listen, that is their choice. We are still called to get the word out there. God promised his word will not return to Him void or empty (Isaiah 55:11). Should the person refuse Christ and die and go to hell does that mean we failed? Not if we warned them. Does that mean God’s word returned void or empty? No, it got it’s reply; sad as it might be. The response was given and the decision was made. Some will get to hear the gospel many times in their lives while others only once before they accept Jesus’ invitation or reject him one time too many.

What I am trying to say is that it is hard to coexist on the straight and narrow way. It really is His way or the highway, the highway to hell.

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