On Politics and Faith

The Orthodox monks speak of the pinnacle of the soul being free from judgement. Detachment, releasing the cares of the world to focus on the Kingdom of God. That does not mean that they did not resist corruption or political commentary.
The resistance they speak of concern matters of faith. To continue in prayer and worship even when forbidden. To follow our conscience in matters of restrictions being imposed. To be martyred if necessary.
Concerning political commentary, though it is not found often among the most pious, it does exist. The critique of the spirit of Anti-Christ is not a taboo. Like the prophets of old it is sometimes a duty to sound the alarm. John was beheaded for criticizing Herod divorcing his wife because of his lust for another. Jesus drove the money changers out of the Temple. The fulfillment of the Temple being destroyed was because James, called the brother of Jesus, spurred on the crowd of the zealots, who were distressed at Roman rule. James was killed on the Temple steps.
The verses most often used by ultra pacifists to justify not speaking against evil and totalitarianism are Matthew 22:15–22 and Mark 12:13–17, where Jesus says, “render unto Caesar what is Caesars, and unto God what is God’s.” The problem is they leave out the context and the second part. The context was that the questioners of Jesus were spies who were seeking a reason to imprison him. The second part, “and unto God what is God’s” shows a line of demarcation, the thing we should be unwilling to compromise.
In matters of faith, it was understood by Christ’s actions that there were times to resist.
Judgement as condemnation for a man’s state was understood to be left for God. Discernment of whether one’s actions were good or bad, and whether their actions caused harm or were against God are understood to be resisted at least verbally. How the individual believer follows that up is a matter of conscious. Protecting and caring for children and widows, and by default the future, are ideals that preserve a nation and faith.

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