Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

17 August 2016. When Can One Preach “Purity” to Others?

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I’m too busy cleaning up my own sins to be going about and reading this one or that one out of the Church. Have a care with those who do so. I’d call them phonies and “loud clashing cymbals” (as the Apostle put it)… I’m not alone in thinking that way…

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One wonders why so many Christians feel that they have a right, nay a duty, to regulate and legislate everyone else’s life, when they so obviously have so much trouble regulating their own? Of course, once we exhaust so much energy telling everyone else how they should live and how they should think, it’s hardly surprising that we have so little energy left to set our own lives in order.

Archbishop Lazar Puhalo

Hear, hear! You set your own house in order… only when you’re done, can you go forth and preach to others how “imperfect” they are and how they fall short of the Church’s standard. I confide that I’m still cleaning up my mess… what does tell you about loud moralists like Dreher and Whiteford (and those akin to them)? Nothing good, I’d warrant…

BMD

Sunday, 14 August 2016

14 August 2016. A Kind Word on “Morality”

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Jill agrees with us on this… remember, if someone agrees with you on “everything”, they’re either crazy or kissing your ass. If we can agree on what’s in front of us, we can work together. The late great Ed Koch said that… it was true 30 years ago… it’s true now. If you want perfection… you belong either in a rubber room or in a monastery hidden in the hills. ‘Nuff said…

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His Holiness said, “The Church respects all human decisions, including those of sexual orientation. We reserve the right to call sin ‘sin'”. The rightwing “conservative” moralists amongst us are wrong and HH is right. The Church doesn’t bar homosexuals from the Mysteries… it communes adulterers and greedy people, who are far worse than homosexuals are… the Apostle called Greed (not homosexuality) the root of many evils. Note well that those who posture on “morality” are soft on warmongers, crapitalism, and capital punishment (historically, the Church preached vigorously against the last). I’ll believe the righties as soon as they preach the full Orthodox message, which includes a scepticism to capitalism (His Holiness calls it a fraud), an opposition to the death penalty reiterated in recent documents (best put by Metropolitan Filaret Vakhromeyev of Minsk), and a firm stance against warmongering in foreign parts. Betcha the righties approve of Republican warmongers because they’re “pro-life”… is that ironic, humorous, or just plain evil?

Oppose the Neoliberal Anti-Life Programme… be it put forth by a Republican, Democrat, or Libertarian. The only American political candidate with a modicum of resemblance to the social vision of the Church as put forth by such legit authorities as Bishop Panteleimon Shatov (the Church’s “tsar” of charity and social services) is Jill Stein. Her pro-choice plank doesn’t negate the 90 percent of her platform that agrees with our views on society, the state, the economy, and the environment. We aren’t and can’t be single-issue voters. If you do that, you become a victim of Satan’s wiles… he loves to bait his traps with objectively good things.

There’s no perfect political faction this side of the veil. If you want to be in step with HH and what he believes, VOTE GREEN. After all, he sent birthday greetings to Comrade Fidel, not “conservative” filth like Ted Cruz or Pence of Indiana. Reflect on it and get with the programme. If you’re Christ’s Partisan, you’ll vote Green and nothing else.

It IS in our hands

BMD

Thursday, 4 August 2016

4 August 2016. WHERE is the Spiritual Life?

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Let’s keep it simple. Our everyday lives are the real venue of our spiritual life. How we treat our co-workers and how we treat those that we encounter daily will have more impact on the Judgement Day than how often we attend Liturgy (and I’m not denigrating the Liturgy). The Liturgy is the flower of our spiritual life… our everyday lives are its roots and stem. So, one can’t compartmentalise one’s life… if you do, you kill the spirit, no matter how often you frequent the services.

You’ll do OK if you keep your eyes on the prize. That’s good enough, and it’s all that you need in many cases…

BMD

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

3 August 2016. Sometimes, “Pro-Life” Isn’t What It Appears to Be

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Abortion is a sticky topic. We must oppose it, but not all ways of opposing abortion are licit. I’d say that moral persuasion, positive state incentives to bear children (such as one sees in Russia), state subsidies to large families (again, a Russian law), and state-mandated protections for mothers are necessary. Imprisoning women (as the Republicans want to do) just doesn’t help matters to move in a positive direction. The US Republican Party spits on what the Church teaches with its love of Me First Greedster Crapitalism. The Church teaches us that since mankind is fallen, it needs regulation. The Republicans (and Libertarians even more so) praise “enlightened greed” (I kid you not). Therefore, one can support a candidate with a pro-choice plank if the most of their programme is in accord with our social views (but one can’t support pro-choice per se). Likewise, one must reject the Republicans for only giving lip service to Pro-Life. The rest of their programme negates what we hold as Church. There’s no perfect political faction on this earth… remember, the Republicans are lovers of the death penalty, greedy, oppressors of the weak, and warmongers… the Church opposes that.

Sometimes, to be truly Pro-Life, one has to support “pro-choice” candidates. It seems contradictory, but it isn’t. If you support greedsters, hangsmen, and warmongers to “oppose abortion”, you spit on the Lord Christ Himself and trample on His icon. Remember this… the “religious” of His day clamoured for His death… I’d say that they haven’t changed one iota. I’m not alone in thinking that…

BMD

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