On Being Careful What We Wish For
This story made my blood run cold:
(Reuters) – As troops loyal to Russian President Vladimir Putin were seizing control of Crimea, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow deduced that an “internal political crisis” in Ukraine was threatening its territorial integrity.
Patriarch Kirill’s words echoed Putin’s argument – ridiculed in the West – that armed units in Ukraine’s southern region were not Russian soldiers but self-defense forces fearing for their safety under the new order in Kiev.
Moscow and Kirill have both repeatedly described Ukraine as Russia’s “brotherly” nation, such rhetoric standing in sharp contrast to the pro-Western aspirations voiced by many protesters in Kiev. “We are now all deeply worried with what is happening in Ukraine. It’s the same as if it was happening in our country or in the family of each one of us,” Kirill said on February 26.
I often hear church leaders suggesting that the church and our government needs to be more in step with one another, but at the same time it is easy for us to point at situations like this one and call foul. It is stories like these that cause me to pray that the church stays far from the seat of government influence, choosing instead to influence our government through reconciling our culture with the Kingdom of God.
What am I missing?