Russia, the new defender of Christianity
Mar 24, 2014
The Christian Post has posted an article, where Russia’s President Putin has taken a public stand, saying that he will defend the world’s Christians.
RT online reported that Metropolitan Hilarion, foreign relation chief of the Russian Orthodox Church presented evidence and statistics that stated, "Every five minutes one Christian was dying for his or her faith in some part of the word."
Christians face persecution in many nations; from church demolition in Afghanistan and bombings of churches in Iraq, to the violence against Christians taking place in rebellious towns in Syria.
After delivering the facts, Metropolitan Hilarion asked Putin to make protection and defense of Christianity around the globe a major part of his foreign policy.
And, as reported by Interfax, Putin replied, "You needn't have any doubt that that's the way it will be," assuring Hilarion that Russian foreign policy would defend Christians from persecution abroad.
Putin's recent actions seem to confirm his promise. Last week, Putin vetoed a U.N. motion calling for Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to step down. Syrian Christians received this as good news. Assad is of the Alawite sect of Islam. Alawites and Christians are both religious minorities in Syria. Syrian Christians feel that sharing this minority status means Assad will provide them with protection. A Syrian Christian woman even told The Global Post, "Thank God for Russia. Without Russia we are doomed."
Christians in America should ask President Obama to defend Christians abroad, instead of instigating wars in the Middle East and Africa which kill thousands of Christians.
This is just one more case where Russia and the USA are at odds in their foreign policies. Many Christians have been fooled into thinking that Russia is the enemy of God. Their view has been shaped by a false interpretation of Ezekiel 38 and 39, which they think indicates that Russia will attack the Israeli state. I suggest reading chapter 15 of my book, The Struggle for the Birthright to see what that chapter is really saying.
If people disagree, I suggest looking around you at the real situation as it is developing. The real world is proving my point as we come to the climax of the present age.
Hey, Mr. Putin, could you defend us Christians over here in America? Please?
Dr. Stephen Jones