You've probably seen it. It's been around for a few years. I went to a U2 concert in 2005 and Bono did a whole thing about it. Even had it on a headband or something. A blindfold? I don't know. He could wear it as a diaper and he'd still be cool. He is Bono, after all.
But I digress.
The thing about bumper stickers is that, as my husband says, it's like starting a one-sided argument. You can put anything on a bumper sticker and the people who see it will probably never get to say anything to you about it. Perfect for being non-confrontational. So, of course, people respond in kind with other bumper stickers. Like this one:
Seriously? *sigh* I don't know what the deal is. I could go into a thing about how not all Muslims are suicide bombers. Not even most of them are suicide bombers. But I'm pretty sure most of the people reading this blog know better.
I hope so, anyway.
Personally, I love the "Coexist" idea. It doesn't say, "You all have to believe each other's stuff!" It doesn't say, "Everyone's right!" It doesn't even say, "I condone the beliefs of these other religions!"
Essentially, it says, "Don't kill each other." I find that to be pretty reasonable.
And just as you start to think to yourself, "Well, I clearly haven't killed any Jews or Muslims in recent memory," start to think about what's really lodged in your brain about those two faiths. What stereotypes are in your head? When you think of Muslims, is your reaction, "Well, they hate us! How am I supposed to like them?" And some Christians—honest to goodness—have a thing against Jews because "they" killed Jesus.
First, Jesus was a Jew. He wasn't a Christian. That wasn't a thing. Secondly, Jesus had to die. The whole thing had to go down just like it did in order for us to have eternal life. To put it bluntly, I killed Jesus. You killed Jesus. So—don't be a hater.
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. John 13:34
No exceptions. No substitutions. Love. And even if you think you have some sort of reason for holding a grudge, Jesus has that covered, too:
But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. Luke 6:27-28
Either way, you're commanded to do the same thing: Love. Without hesitation, without reservation, without conditions.
It's a command, yo. And it requires even more on our part than simply coexisting. Don't worry about what the other religions do or don't do, or what they think of us. Do what you know you have been told to do and love.
Are you being obedient?