Saturday, December 14, 2013

Vladimir Putin is the New Constantine

Putin and Patriarch

Vladimir Putin is the only world leader, of any note, to make a public stand for the defense of Christianity. According to Metropolitan Hilarion of Russia, a Christian is killed every 5 minutes for their faith, making this a new age of persecution for the Church.

Putin, Friend of the Church

In the face of this, the Western governments and media are silent. More than silent; in America at least, they appear determined to dismantle all traces of Christianity in the public square and with that to embrace its opposite. No more prayer in schools, no more Christian symbols on war memorials, no "evangelizing" in the Armed Forces, no more "Defense of Marriage Act." That's gone and with it, near enough, what Marx called the "bourgeois claptrap of the family." 

A Christian

Putin stands against that and for Christian morality and values. He doesn't believe, he tells us, that "same gender marriages" are good because they're "infertile" and he's had the temerity to ban New World Order sexual propaganda. No more "Pride" parades in Putin's Russia, much to the outrage of the Christ-hating Western ascendancy. 

Moral Majority

Like a new Constantine, there seems to be a star arising in the East. Pravda, I think, puts it well:

In the East there is someone that causes the western liberal's maniacal laughter to stop. Vladimir Putin. He has real world power, which causes the liberal media to fearfully ignore or warp his image. Like a good Christian King he leads a nation to Christ. Deep down in their evil souls they shriek like devils because they know Christ is true God and true power that they cannot defeat. They thought the Bolshevik revolution destroyed Holy Mother Russia. Christ cannot be defeated and his servant Putin has welcomed Christ and His church.

Putin, New Constantine

That would make Putin, as a champion of Christianity in a sea of secularist, pagan, opposition, a new Constantine. He has, after all, as temporal heir to the Third Rome, a right to that title. 

God bless,



Arimathean said...

My "cold war mentality" (as Pat Buchanan disparagingly calls it) is too deeply engrained to trust any "former" communist who has not explicitly repented. Putin is Orthodox like Don Corleone is Catholic - in a superficial, cultural way that supports his "respectability", but not in a way that would constitute a restraint on his exercise of power.

As long as Russia remains the world leader in abortion, Putin's credibility as a Christian leader will be questionable. And his recent divorce compromises his advocacy of family values.

So, while I agree with Putin's critique of Western elites' efforts to eradicate traditional values, I fear this critique might be discredited by the identity of the critic. Will our enemies now be able to label us "Putinists".

LSP said...

All good points buy does Constantine's autocracy and former membership in a pagan tyranny discredit his support of the Church.

Many say it does and they claim he was a pagan till the end who cynically manipulated the Church for personal power and State cohesion.

But regardless of motives, Constantine established the Church in the Roman Empire. That, for Christians, is good.

Putin, acting as a sort of anti-Obama, is establishing the Church in Russia and this, for Christians is also good.

As to motive -- I spoke with a Metropolitan who knows him and he's convinced of Putin's Christianity.

And look here, any man who locks up Pussy Riot for blasphemy is surely worth our support.