Hi. I came to fully embrace Christian Universalism about 2 years ago. It gave me a new drive to be involved in the church that I never had before. I was always the guy sitting in the back pews who never really got involved much. Maybe it was laziness, maybe it was a fear of getting hurt. When I realized how great God’s love was, it made me want to serve Him more.
One of the things I came to learn the hard way however, is that just because someone calls themselves a Christian, or a Christian Universalist even, doesn’t mean they are going to be a kind, inclusive, and understanding person. I let my guard down too much and was hurt deeply by a Christian Universalist blogger online, who has verbally abused many people due to differences on political matters.
Then, when I confided in a friend about this situation, they completely ignored me. I poured my heart out about the situation, and got no response. This person was also a blogger, and a Christian Universalist writer.
I have come to deeply distrust bloggers, writers, and teachers in general. I have learned to run away from not only the cruel and unkind, but also the aloof and dismissive. They are not my people. I know I need to forgive and respect, but this is a tough lesson for me.
I don’t know why people who call themselves Christians can’t just be nice to each other. This was a major test of faith for me, as I know of no one else whose primary hurt in the church has been from other Christian Universalists. I attribute this partially to my years of just sitting in the back pews. I never got myself hurt because I never got involved.
I have decided it is not a sin to RUN AWAY from cruel or aloof people. Some comfort has been arrived at realizing the importance of focusing on the nice people, and allowing thoughts of them to take over the mind.
If you have a moment, could you say a prayer for me that I might overcome the negativity that I have experienced? Thank you!!