Thanks so much for the input! Hearing from you is so interesting to me because it helps me see who you are, what you believe, instead of just guessing at who might be out there. Some of you who read this are more like me than others, but I'm especially grateful for those of you who don't agree down the line with me for sticking around and reading.
As for the bumper sticker, I think at face value the message is simply "Let's get along," and with that, I absolutely agree. I believe that no one should ever be forced to be a part of a religion or group. It's been tried over, and over, and over again, and every time history details the disaster that followed. We have been created as creatures with a free will, and any person or government that tries to force someone's hand by removing that free will is doing something that God himself has chosen not to do, and the consequences are disastrous.
But like several of you alluded to, there is an underlying message contained in the letters and symbols of this artwork, a message that I thought was very indicative of the time in which we live. No one wants to believe that there is any one single truth. Instead, truth takes on a different forms, it changes shape with the changing of culture, it expands and morphs to prevent exclusion, and at the end of the day, the truth that is the result isn't worth much of anything at all.
I don't believe in a truth like that. I believe that Jesus is the source of our truth, and it is from Him that truth springs. I don't believe that conforming to any particular religion is the answer. Instead, I believe the answer is Jesus. The answer to this life is found completely and solely in Him, and His death and resurrection. Jesus died to take the punishment for our sins. He died not for the people of one group, or culture, or religion, but for all. He came and lived a perfect life, showing us exactly how we are to coexist together, by loving our neighbor as ourself, but He also showed us that the message He proclaimed brought division, not unity. And that's because a belief in one truth will always divide. That doesn't mean we fight with those who disagree, but we also don't back down from our message: that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the light.
Yes, I want to live side by side by those around me, loving them and living in harmony with them. I will share my love for Jesus and my relationship with Him with anyone who is interested, but I will never try and manipulate or force anyone to believe as I do. I believe by faith that Jesus' work on the cross is the bridge that allows me to have relationship with God, and I will continue to believe that all of my life. That's what I believe. Many people believe differently and I understand that.
So as for the bumper sticker, this one's not for me. But actually, not many are. I'll just stick with my Memphis Tiger sticker and call it a day.
Yesterday as I stopped at one of the longest red lights in the city, I noticed this bumper sticker on the car in front of me. A big message in a compact space. I've never seen anything like it, and as it was designed to do, it definitely got my attention. I'll share my thoughts, but first I'd like to hear from you. What do you think?