In Robin Edgar’s latest ‘Emerson Avenger’ blog post, he attempts to hijack Revered Fred Small’s words, all to justify himself. In his mind, since Small proclaimed, in the Universalist tradition, that God’s love is infinite and unbounded, that this somehow means that God approves of Mister Edgar’s outrageous statements and behaviour.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Mister Edgar, God loves you. Many Unitarian Universalists love you. We love you. But that doesn’t mean that you are immune from criticism, or that God or any of us are giving you carte blanche to exercise vengeance (however lame and misguided) on those you disagree with or don’t approve of. It certainly does not mean being thin-skinned and mean-spirited on your part.
As for your proclamation that our churches are ‘dead’, we just have to wonder, if that is the case, then why do you persist in beating a dead horse?
Mister Edgar, you just don’t get the message of Universalism. It is not simply that God’s love is infinite. It is that we, as God’s creation, should strive to act in love towards others – all of us, including you.
It means forgiveness, mercy, forbearance and honesty – qualities which we frankly find sorely lacking in your words and deeds.
It means moving on with your life, and doing something more constructive than repeating the same ‘peaceful public protest’ (read harassment) and sitting in a public library flaming UUs online in even the most irrelevant forums.
No, instead you pursue the practice of vengeance, even thinking up new reasons to lash out at Unitarian Universalists everywhere. Your path is not about love, but anger.
We do love you, Mister Edgar, as hard as it is for you to imagine. But do not love what you say or do. We wish you could do better, but your failure to see this only makes us pity you all the more.