Byfield: Is Putin’s Russia quietly assuming the world leadership of Christianity?
He rules a land which is rapidly returning to its faith, while Americans abandon theirs[Ted Byfield Blog] Patrick Joseph Buchanan, paleo-conservative columnist, broadcaster, and senior aide to three Republican presidents (Reagan, Ford and Nixon) would scoff if anyone were to seriously propose adorning him with another title, notably that of prophet. Nonetheless, he seems far ahead of the pack in discerning a tendency in the ongoing Culture War, which could result in one of the most astonishing flip-flops ever recorded.
VIDEO: Compilation on Vladimir Putin, in his own words, discussing his personal faith and Christianity.
For about five years, Buchanan has been calling attention to an implicit though unintended coalition between social conservatives in America, in fact all over the western world, and the explosion of Christian growth across eastern Europe, particularly in Russia. My friend, the Toronto columnist Jonathan Van Maren, just back from a month-long visit to Russia, gave in four words what he found there. “The churches,” he said, “are packed.” Not with old people, but with young adults, particularly men.. And not with social revolutionaries, but with born-again Christians. He described it as “astounding,” and no doubt will be writing about it in Life Site News.
But there is another puzzling implication to this. The figure
behind the rebirth of eastern Christendom, and widely identified with it, is none other than President Vladimir Putin. He was baptized by his mother secretly, because his father was a senior official in the KGB. Putin has been a weekly church-goer through most of his life. He regards the secularist repudiation of Christianity in the West — with its unrestrained promotion of formerly forbidden sex practices and an educational philosophy totally alien to Christianity– as ultimately spelling the doom of America. and he does not shrink from saying so.
On Christian grounds he opposes gay rights and gay marriage, He refuses to allow abortion centres to advertise and, in one unsubstantiated account I’ve heard, constantly carries a message to Russian young people — “Have babies!” Otherwise, the Russian people and Russia itself will rapidly disappear. He has also ordered a vast program of church reconstruction throughout the country. Always Orthodox churches, of course, because a tie between state and church goes back to the Byzantines who brought the Slav peoples into the faith one millennium ago.
As traditionalist American Christians come to see this, they are understandably bewildered, After all, for most of the 20th Century, Russia stood solidly on its Marxist atheism, executing Christian clergy in the tens of thousands. Meanwhile America, as the champions of Christian democracy, vigorously opposed and prevailed over Marxist Russia and its attendant atheism for about 50 years.
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