By: Woodrow Lucas
Two of my biggest faults are extremism and perfectionism. I mean they really harass me in all ways. To be a perfectionist in a world as imperfect as the one in which we live can be extremely painful. But even in my perfectionistic afflictions, God has given me a Balm in Gilead. Universalism, the concept that God is a God of perfect love who perfectly loves all of us, who perfectly gave his Son to die for us, and will perfectly guide every single one of us to a perfectly happy and blissful destiny, is actually a perfect thing. It is a perfect truth. It is perfection.
It wreaks of the perfection of God. It is simple enough for a 3 year old to grasp yet in the way it is worked out, it forces us to embrace complexity, upon complexity, upon complexity, until we are operating with the mind of God. This truth is so beautiful and simple and complex and mysterious and obvious, it wreaks of a better place than the earth. I wholeheartedly believe that Jesus is Lord. But the truth of Universalism in my opinion is more important than the truth that Jesus is Lord. Because Jesus could be Lord, but God the Father, a God of Wrath who is going to burn all homosexuals in effigy. Because Jesus could be Lord, but God the Father, a God who mercilessly condemns all who don’t believe in him to eternal torment for his own twisted pleasure.
But when you tell someone that God loves them so much, that God made sure they have a place in heaven by sending God’s Son to claim their souls and write their names in the Lamb’s book of life!! When you tell someone that God loves them so much that no matter what mistakes they make, God will find a way to redeem them. Then there is no mistake or confusion. They know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God loves them, and they also have a very clear since of what love really is!! Universalism is perfect. And oh my goodness to find a perfect thing in this imperfect world, is quite a blessing!!