Coexist: The Bumper Sticker
This might be the most popular bumper sticker in america. A bit of a double-edged sword if you ask me.
While I partially agree with the message this bumper sticker is trying to promote, there is a second level message (at least to me) that this bumper sticker endorses that I totally disagree with (as would proponents of the of the vast majority of the three major world religions: Islam, Judaism and Christianity).
What I agree with:
I agree with the general sentiment that people, regardless of their religious values, should do thier very best to coexist with people around them in day to day life; caring for one another and being loving representatives of their varying faiths. I think this is something that everyone can agree is something to strive for and good for humanity, not to mention the reputation of their people’s collective faith system.
What I disagree with:
I disagree with, what I perceive to be, an underlying message of this bumpers sticker, which is to “Keep your religion to yourself”. This viewpoint not only begins to scratch at the first amendment of the constitution (while not completely undermining it, it does undermine the SPIRIT of free speech, which is to allow people to express themselves in nearly anyway they see fit. Obviously there are some exceptions.) it also flies in the face of one of the main themes of most organised religion: securing converts. The idea of “Keep your religion to yourself” hinders the evangelism efforts of these religions and, for the people who hold this view, it shows either a lack of knowledge of, or a complete disregard for, the beliefs and rights of the adherents to their respective religions.
Ultimatley, I feel that it is, at best, a weak faith and individual, that emphasizes peace more than spreading truth. Peace at the cost of truth, integrity and generally doing what is right is just cowardice.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, or of me as a prisoner, but share with the sufferings of the gospel, according to the power of God.” 2 Timothy 1:7
What do you all think?