Universalists flourished in a puritanical America with the idea of unconditional Divine love. Why did this idea fade? Why is it no longer preached from every UU pulpit? Why has the message lost its attraction to Americans in the dark days of Trumpism?
"A voice is heard in Ramah, mourning and great weeping, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more."(Jeremiah 31:15 NIV).
It is written in the introduction to A Course In Miracles, "The opposite of love is fear, but what is all-encompassing can have no opposite."
In John's first letter, he writes, "God is love...There is no room in love for fear." 4:18.
The major psychiatric disorder in the United States are anxiety disorders. Psychotropic medications flood the market as well as alcohol and street drugs such as cannabis. The rise of Trumpism in the United States manifests the dark underbelly of racism, mysogony, xenophobia, bullying, suicide, homicide, and deceit.
Politicians campaign for election stoking fear throughout the land which only they can save the population from.
And the population votes for walls, white supremacy, sexual assault, privilege of wealth.
The wise person laughs at the fears the ego generates and reassures the fearful and encourages them to lay their hate and fear aside.
The wise person suggests that the fearful lay the illusions of their sufferings aside as the joke of the ego. The wise person knows that the Divine loves all the Divine's creations.
UUs need to return to their roots. A great revival is needed throughout the land and UUs and other people of faith are the yeast in the dough, the salt of the earth.