I am a calvinist.
I believe in TULIP and follow the 5 Solas with every fibre of my being.
When I tell people I am a calvinist, they say, "No, you aren't! are you? you're too nice to be a Calvinist!"
I chuckle about this every time but then I wonder, in our rigidity of doctrine and Sola Scriptura, do we forget the people we are dealing with, in relationship with, living with are also people who require our kindness.
we don't have to agree on doctrine, (or lack thereof) and I am not saying one can never be rude or have a bad day, but we need to treat people nicely.
I , too, have met my fare share of unkind people who happen to be calvinists, that is why I am filled with such wonder and praise that God kept working on my heart to reveal the truth of the gospel to me, because the first peoples I have met in my life who are calvinists had nothing but distain for me as a catholic.
I am just saying lets try not to tar and feather all people of a particular group as the same.
We are told not to stereotype people but so far what I have heard is that it is ok to stereotype calvinists, hence the statement, "you're too nice to be a Calvinist!"
so my question to you is.................................
Have you hugged a Calvinist today?
Soli Deo Gloria