“10:16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold”- always one of my favorites. It implies universalism, at least something better than the virulent exclusivism that has cursed the church so long.
I remind myself of a poor old friend in Quaker circles, born a Catholic, and for the last 40 years having to testify about all the damage they did to his psyche. Our oldest son took us severely to task for our immoderate political views; he shares our position but doesn’t feel the need to fight all these demons of the past.
The fundies have never done anything to me. Why do they bother me so much? I think the same reason that the ‘physically challenged’ and the obese bother me so much, I shake my fist at God.
Their faith has been so abused, misused, so exclusivistic, tribalistic, harmful. But maybe the same thing can be said of mine. God have mercy on me, a sinner. (That man, too is one of my favorites- Luke 18:13.)