On Tuesday, when Turkey ambushed and shot down a Russian Su-24, the world held its breath. Would this “stab in the back by the accomplices of terrorists”, as Putin stated it, trigger World War III? Despite Turkey’s insane act of war, Putin had no plans for starting a war against Turkey and its NATO accomplices. No doubt, Putin’s decision not to retaliate with military force sprang from political strategy. Yet, nevertheless, one can also see it as a self-sacrificial act. Putin and Russia received a major blow and chose to turn the other cheek, but not because Russia is weak, fearful, or incapable of responding with deadly force. However, Putin chose to defeat the greater evil of terrorism instead of taking revenge. Now, Putin invites his foes to coöperate to defeat the menace of terrorism. This is similar to Christ enduring the pain and shame of the cross to save the world. Russia seems to follow the same path. Putin’s political decision shows a moral superiority and a meekness that springs from being poor in spirit, the first step of following Christ, and an ultimately spiritual Christian virtue. The society that he leads possesses the Christian foundation from which such stature springs. Putin not only taught me what it means to be Christ-like… his Christ-like response saved the entire world from war on Tuesday.
Thank God for Mr Putin.
26 November 2015
Unlike loudmouthed ”Christian” politicians in the USA (Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, and Rick Perry are the worst offenders here), VVP does NOT wear his religion on his sleeve. Indeed, he stated, “I won’t do a spiritual strip-tease”. However, he goes to Valaam on otpust every year without fanfare, and the fathers on the Mountain always greet him with great enthusiasm. Observers note that he “got religion” after his wife was in a near-fatal auto accident. Many people do likewise in similar straits, so that’s believable. No doubt, he consulted an elder (there are such in Russia, although we don’t have any here, sad to say… my money is on Archimandrite Ilya Nozdrin, HH’s starets)… one can see the result.
God bless Vladimir Vladimirovich and keep him. The world needs him… is this why God suspends His wrath? One does wonder (especially, after seeing the spectacle of American Republicans with their grasping and narcissistic Me First foolishness and greed)…