I find it interesting that our Cold War opponent is getting closer to defending the faith while the United States is seeking to distance itself from it. I came across this post by Bryana Johnson at The High Tide and the Turn, where she contends that the former Soviet Union, having lived through their period of anti-God, is now coming to realize that Christianity can actually help their culture and society to not only survive but to thrive. At the same time, the United States is revolting from any resemblance of a Christian moral ethic. I urge you to read her post, below . . .
Russian President calls on world leaders to end persecution of Christians
Putin calls on world leaders to unite to end persecution of Christians, while President Obama condemns Russian defense of traditional marriage, cancels summit with Putin
(Posted by Bryana Johnson on August 10, 2013)
The evangelical Christian community that still identifies Russia with communism, Cold War tensions and the chilling brutality of Stalinism, is in for a big, painful shock this week. The world has changed, and not only is the USA no longer the cheery western beacon of homely virtues, but one of her traditional enemies is standing in to defend the sacredness of the ideals she no longer cherishes.
While attending a meeting with Orthodox Christian leaders in Moscow last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin vaulted into headlines by making comments urging the international community to take steps towards preserving the rights of Christian people worldwide and preventing the violence that they suffer routinely in dozens of nations around the globe. Putin said he observed “with alarm” that “in many of the world’s regions, especially in the Middle East and in North Africa, inter-confessional tensions are mounting, and the rights of religious minorities are infringed, including Christians and Orthodox Christians.”