April 15, 2014

Unfurling Flags of Resurrection Truth

By Jackie Peake

From the comical to the serious, bumper stickers are like little flags unfurling personal identifications and personal takes on reality.

One of the more popular stickers, posted on multitudes of bumpers across our nation, is a witty graphic that calls for some decrypting. The code actually incorporates the Christian symbol of the cross for its last element. But Christianity is not what the “Coexist” bumper sticker is selling.

Each letter is a graphic related to a divergent religious or lifestyle belief. The “C” has been formed from a crescent moon with a star, an ancient symbol for Diana, a Greek moon goddess. Interestingly, it’s now associated with Islam. Contemplate that the “i” incorporates a pagan or Wiccan symbol.

The “Coexist” bumper sticker clearly broadcasts the idea that truth can be customized to one’s personal taste. Its message is intended as a vote for “peace” between different worldviews.

While we do not wish any harm to those of different viewpoints, Christians hold that true peace is dependent on Christ reigning in the hearts of men.

Sadly, the message being sold is a tolerance that implies acceptance and therefore approval of contrary views. People of faith are pressured to wave the white flag of compromise. While there are times to compromise, what kind of peace arises from the marriage of incompatible viewpoints? “Can two walk together unless they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3).

If salvation is by grace through faith in Christ alone, then you can’t earn your way into a right standing with God.

If freedom is joyful obedience to the commands of Christ, defiance to His rule will not bring freedom.

If the resurrection of Christ is true, then all creeds to the contrary are patently false and harmful to those who hold them. Let’s not sell our birthright for the culture’s bowl of “coexistence stew.” Real love cannot accept false views that will invariably bring harm to others.

How would coexistence stew taste in North Korea, Laos, or many places in the Middle East? What coexistence plan do persecutors make with their victims?

Christian Aid Mission assists persecuted believers who will not sell out for mere existence, but instead live Spirit-filled lives.

“What peaceful coexistence does righteousness have with evil? How can light unite with the darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14)

As we celebrate our Lord’s resurrection this Sunday, let’s remember that dynamic life is gaining a personal knowledge of Christ and experiencing the power of His resurrection (Philippians 3:10).

Resurrection power unites us in the fellowship of our Lord’s sufferings. How? By grieving like Christ over lost souls and making the sacrifices to reach them. In assisting indigenous missionaries, we unfurl flags of resurrection truth in dangerous territories, to see others empowered with abundant life.

The fellowship with our Savior’s sufferings is a fellowship with persecuted believers whose passion for Christ is unashamedly unfurled. Indigenous missionaries in lands hostile to the gospel understand that suffering for righteousness’ sake is a springboard into living for something beyond self.

Never lower your commitment to half-mast, for Christ is not dead; He is living on the inside.

Jackie Peake is Christian Aid Mission’s Director for Children’s Ministries. Visit today to check out our free resources for your Sunday school or home.

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