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The Saints and Politics

Posted in Orthodox Clergy and Information with tags , , , , on September 2, 2008 by blackincense

Right now, everyone is talking about people I have never heard of.  Apparently someone’s daughter is pregnant outside of marriage, and there is someone else who may or may not, have had an affair before he married his second wife,  and then there is another person who went to Israel, and stuck a prayer on a piece of paper in the Wailing Wall, and someone stole it and published it in the newspaper.  I sometimes feel left out, because I can’t discourse on these matters intelligently.

I note that none of the Saints ever discussed politics unless it was to say, “Come out of her my people!”  I was reading a passage in the Revelations of John, and I was immediately struck by how often politics is mentioned.  Here, God is judging kings, and leaders, and over there He is striking down the systems that oppress. I don’t pretend to understand all the subtleties of it, and I cannot even begin to formulate an opinion on who the “Beast” is.  I only know who he is NOT: the maker of my soul, and the only lover of mankind.

There is certainly room for political opinion, in the life of an Orthodox Christian.  (I remember that wonderful Cyber Monk, Fr. Sava in Serbia) But we are not to be obsessed with the things of this world.  None of the Saints who left the world behind, wrote treatises on the glories of politics, politicians and politicking.  More often, these Saints were victims of the same, and persecuted by them.  But we never read of them condemning those who persecuted them.  They are simply not mentioned at all.

Their silence on this matter is deafening.  Maybe I am not missing anything after all.

I must strive to be like this Tigray woman, and bend to the task that has been given to me, leaving the things of this world to God.

I must strive to be like this Tigray woman, and bend to the task that has been given to me, leaving the things of this world to God.