Satan baits his traps with objectively good things… “You can vote for this warmonger and death-penalty advocate because they oppose abortion”. Have a care… on this side of the veil, good and evil mingle. That IS the point of the Wheat and the Tares, isn’t it? As I told a young priest, “There are no perfect political factions this side of the veil”. Indeed… many who mouth love of God are actually theomachists and many secularists are more truly advocates of Christ’s teaching than we are (let’s call things for what they are). There are all too many counterfeits afoot… especially, on the internet.
You can vote for Dr Jill… overall, her programme is more in accord with what we believe in as Russian Orthodox Christians than are the platforms of Chilly Hilly, Trump the Chump, and Scary Gary. Yes… she’s pro-choice… but she’s antiwar, anti-death penalty, and pro-single-payer healthcare. HH thinks that the Cuban healthcare system rocks. HH agrees with Dr Jill… not with Trump or Hilly or Gary. Our Church is NOT in favour of godless “conservative” ideologies. Indeed, American “conservatives” (think Rod Dreher or Glenn Beck or Patrick Buchanan) articulate POVs inimical to what we hold as Russian Orthodox believers. In fact, our people leave the Church behind whenever they articulate ANY part of the so-called “conservative” agenda. By the way, never forget that “liberal” from Russian sources means “conservative” in Anglospeak. That’s how chowderheads like Whiteford go wrong… they don’t know Russian political verbiage (or anything about the Russian language and culture in general), so, they get it wrong all the time. Isn’t it sad how these lunkheads NEVER catch on to the fact that most Russians HATE the Free Market and HATE just about everything that “conservatives” stand for? I just can’t get overly angry over dimwits who’ll never grasp the point even if it’s explained time and again to them. However, do oppose them as they hold POVs utterly at odds with what the Church teaches.
The present situation is very murky, indeed… “Evangelicals” support “Conservatives” that advocate perpetual warfare and they worship the rich… secularists support many social viewpoints enshrined in recent policy documents from the Mother Church… please, take extreme caution. Many “Christians” promote sheer evil and many secularists back much of what Our Lord Christ taught. After all… who wanted Christ dead? It was the respectable and religious of his day… those who would call themselves Republicans, Democrats, or Libertarians today… now, that’s a MEATY reflection…