I touched on the firestorm over Rob Bell’s new book and the universalism, inclusivism, and exclusivism debate in Saturday’s blog post. It got me thinking about what the affections of an exclusivist should look like.
Sadly, some exclusivists who believe that the only way to God is by faith in his Son, Jesus, bear that belief with brashness and arrogance. This should not be.
The affections of an exclusivist for the unbelieving should look like the affections of Jesus for the unbelieving:
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not! (Mat. 23:37)
Also, in Luke 19:41 we find Jesus weeping over Jerusalem because they rejected him.
Exclusivist’s who use Jesus’ words to verify their exclusivism should follow Jesus’ emotions and weep like an exclusivist as well.
God help us, help me, not just believe what Jesus believed, but do what he does and feel what he feels.