Saturday I had the opportunity to eat lunch with my daughter, which doesn’t happen nearly often enough. The subject of Crimea came up in the conversation, and I listened carefully to what she had to say, since she and my oldest grandson have taken two mission trips to the city of Sevastopol, the chief port in Crimea.
She has been in contact with some of her Christian friends over there and asked about the political situation. Shocked when they told her that they—and most of their Christian friends—were pro-Russian in the current conflict, she inquired as to why.
These people are not naive. They know about the history of their country as a satellite of the Soviet Union. They know that Russian rule is pretty much totalitarian. Yet they prefer Russian rule over Western influence. Sounds pretty strange, doesn’t it?
They explained to my daughter that, as Christians, they didn’t want their children raised in the liberal social atmosphere of Western society. They talked about how we’ve turned our backs on Biblical principles to accept letting men marry men and women marry women—letting women kill their babies rather than exercise sexual restraint—tolerating the abuse of drugs for sensations of pleasure.
This was coming to me second-hand, so I don’t know what all other things they talked about abhorring in Western society, but what Lynn told me both shocked and surprised me. It was completely unexpected.
It’s not my purpose in this post to preach to anyone on either side of the moral issues these Crimean Christians mentioned. Many of my friends are completely opposed to this moral liberalism and others of them are sympathetic with it.
Regardless of whether you favor honoring the moral absolutes of Christianity or the ethical relativism that has taken over our Western world, is it worth pushing third-world countries toward totalitarianism? We live in an open society in a small world with glass walls. Everyone knows what goes on. Do we want our permissiveness to allow Russian to take back the territories of the former Soviet Union?
What do you think?
If you abide in Me and My word abides in you, then you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.
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