You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. Matthew 5: 43–45It was only 31 years ago that US President Ronald Reagan, who was earnestly afraid of what might happen to a free, democratic society if it scrapped its religious faith, labelled the godless Soviet Union "an evil empire," which he said predicted "its eventual domination of all peoples on the Earth" and which was "the focus of evil in the modern world."
Few then would have anticipated the reversal of roles that has since occurred between the United States and Russia, and in particular since September 11, 2001, when US President George W. Bush declared "you are either with us, or you are with the terrorists."
Yet, today, it is the United States which claims to be the exceptional nation, destined to lead the world. Today, it is the United States that is the godless nation, the nation where legally enforced political correctness takes precedence over religious faith, where pornography and blasphemy are legally protected, where the public is subject to relentless media lies, illegal state surveillance, and intimidation by ever more heavily armed state agencies, the country with the world's largest prison population.
|Moscow's cathedral of Christ the Savior, consecrated in|
1883, destroyed by the Communist dictatorship in 1931,
rebuilt in 2000.
And what more clearly confirms this extraordinary reversal of roles than recent events in Ukraine?
There the United States is in open collaboration with genocidal Nazis in Kiev (the ancient capital and founding place of the Russian state) intent on crushing with tanks, artillery and ballistic missiles the Russian-speaking and mostly ethnic Russian people of Eastern Ukraine who have the temerity to seek local autonomy within a Ukrainian federation.
More remarkable still, is the treatment by Russia of deserting troops of the Kiev controlled Ukrainian army who, cut off and surrounded by East Ukrainian militia deserted their battle station to find refuge across the border in Russia. There the Russians fed them, bathed them, gave them new clothes, then offered them either permanent refuge or safe passage back to Ukraine*.
What better example could there be, when the entire Western world seeks to denigrate Russia, to destroy her economy and to encircle her ever more closely with NATO first-strike missile forces, of the the practical application of Jesus's extraordinary command not to hate one's enemy but to love him and do good to him.