Orthodox Christianity teaches that the Gospel is community oriented – community led by the Church. When we grow in a culture, as we did in Russia, Greece, and many other eastern communities, we counseled and in many cases and times, led the governmental administration of the land. When the Church has the opportunity to do this (historically, this has been the case within Holy Monarchy) we take this opportunity as a God given task and calling. We even set the leaders aside, much like we do with the ordination of a priest.
When Orthodoxy DOES NOT have the opportunity to work with the government like she has within historical Orthodox countries, Orthodox Christians really have no theological support to be a “party person.” In other words, to consistently identify as a Republican or Democrat is simply not Orthodox, not in the patristic and historic sense.
American political parties are not required to hold to Orthodox theological dogma. They are only required to hold to the historical documents of America, which are very Unitarian and Masonic in nature. Even praising the seemingly positive works of a party is dangerous because the outcome will not likely be honest, thus creating confusion in the culture as to what a true Christian ethic really is. The party may state that they will do this or that, and hold to a particular Christian ethic, but in the end, they are not required to hold to such dogma, and they often do not hold to them, even when they say they will.
As the Holy Fathers teach us, and we pray in our liturgy, we do not look for princes to save us and deliver us from our calamities. Granted, if God gives us a land to manage, we should manage it and involve the Church in managing it, just as Orthodox countries have always done. But when a land has clearly NOT been given to us and there is a very secular organization leading, who wants no part of Orthodoxy, should we really force ourselves on them or even pretend to be a part of their movement?
“We’re beginning to agree that Republicans and Democrats suck – they’ve built this machine to grind people into the ground,” he said.” I hate this stuff. I hate politics. I hate politicians, and I feel I’m wasting my life. Don’t we all know what’s happening? George W. Bush was taking us down a road, and Barack Obama is taking us down that same road. What difference does it make? I don’t want to waste my life anymore.”
The above is a recent statement from Glen Beck. Seems he finally is seeing over the horizon regarding America. Both parties do not share the interest of the Church, therefor they share the interest of self!
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