I'm a CHRISTIAN and I believe with all my heart in CHRIST and I have this Gift!
I too am a Christian and I feel being an empath is a gift. I am still learning but I know in my past I used my gift for good like in any situation. I reached out to the hurting. I am realizing any where you go there will be good and bad people, It's just what we do with it as an empath. God tells us to use our gifts for good and for the edifying of the body ( or church ). I saw people were not being ministered to so I started visiting older people and helping them. I too am learning how to protect myself more so I don't feel so overwhelmed. We can only change ourselves and I still need to practice stepping back and letting God do his job with other people!