Friday, July 27, 2012

CO-EXIST ?

One of the mantras of our generation is co-exist.

You've seen the bumper sticker.

A Christian cross, a Jewish Star, an Islamic Crescent Moon, etc.

Rather inspiring, really. A fight for tolerance. A campaign for acceptance. An effort for peace.

Now, I'm all for making peace. Jesus said God blesses peacemakers. He promoted not mere peace-loving but peace-making. Naturally, to be a Christian is to be a peace advancing activist.

Why, then, is this co-exist slogan dangerous?

Let me use an analogy.

Imagine Necia came home from work with four men. Now imagine she said, "Ben, you are my husband. But these men are all so nice, too. Can you not all be husbands, living together in peace? Can you not all co-exist?"

I would say, "Of course not! I am a jealous husband." (Exodus 20:5)

This is why the co-exist catchphrase is actually sickening. God is our husband. And to embrace other gods is to commit spiritual adultery right in front of His very eyes.

You think I'm being extreme? Read Hosea. God had Hosea marry a prostitute to show His people what it was like when they worshipped other gods. It was like they were cheating on Him. As our Husband, He cannot bear to see us embrace other deities.

The co-exist slogan is nothing more than polygamy in disguise.

Jealous God - This shows in a most expressive manner the love of God to this people. He felt for them as the most affectionate husband could do for his spouse; and was jealous for their fidelity, because he willed their invariable happiness.
- Adam Clarke

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