“Christians are not willing to fulfill the Gospel commandments”

H/T: Russian Orthodox Church Official Website here.

On 5 December 2009, Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk told the viewers of “The Church and the World” TV programme about the difficulties experienced by Orthodox Serbs in Kosovo.

He underscored the Western mass media intentional or unintentional neglect of the Kosovarians’s problems, saying that the Serbs are living “like in a ghetto surrounded by sometimes hostile Muslim population.”

The DECR chairman believes that while covering the sufferings of the Albanians in Kosovo under Milosevic the Western mass media completely ignored the fact of “actual genocide of the Serbs in Kosovo.”

Archbishop Hilarion spoke about his recent visit to Kosovo where he was introduced to the real life of the Serbs whose security is guaranteed by the authorities only in case of their staying within the enclave.

“The ancient Serbian monasteries, such as Gracanica or Decani, are the enclaves surrounded by hostile people. While the UN troops protecting the residents stay there, one may not worry for their safety, but what will happen when the troops withdraw?”, archbishop Hilarion asked.

He emphasized that the background of the Kosovo tragedy can be found in demography. ‘Kosovo gives a vivid example of a gradual ousting of the Orthodox Serbs by the Muslims, as there are many children in their families, while the Orthodox families have only one or two children, and once an Orthodox land has become mostly Muslim,” archbishop Hilarion explained.

He expressed his concern for the situation to be repeated in the areas where Christians and Muslims live, as Christians are not willing to fulfill the Gospel commandments and the Bible notion of family to bring as many children into the world as God gives. “We should think about this on the sad example of Kosovo.”

Archbishop Hilarion shared his impressions on the deplorable state of the Orthodox churches on the territories abandoned by the Serbs, saying that Albanian children playing by the defiled Orthodox churches should be brought up in respect for the history of their land even if this history has not been a Muslim one.”

Talking about the tasks facing Russia and world community, the DECR chairman noted the necessity to organize “pilgrimages to the holy places in Kosovo, including pilgrimages from Russia, so that the Serbs could feel our support, and the world sees our attention to these holy places.”

“The main thing to do for the world community at present is to create conditions under which the Serbs could return to their home, irrespective of the recognition of Kosovo as a state,” archbishop Hilarion said in conclusion.

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One thought on ““Christians are not willing to fulfill the Gospel commandments”

  1. When I first read the headline of this post, I thought it was going to be about the general lack of enthusiasm for righteous living among the majority of Christians (across denominational lines) which gives the world good reason to despise our faith. The classical protestant priority of faith over works, misunderstood and mis-handled by successive generations of the reformers’ partisans has resulted in (America, at least) a “Christian” culture that is basically consumer-oriented, thriving on a diet of cheap grace, with little or no idea of true sanctification which is a life in Christ, following Him and keeping His commandments.

    Instead, as I found out, “Christians are not willing to fulfill the Gospel commandments” referred to the reluctance of “Christian” couples to “be fruitful and multiply” and by sheer numbers to fill the earth. If only they did this, then the onslaught of Islam might be abated.

    I am not surprised that this kind of message would come from a Russian hierarch, in view of the apparent resurgence of the “Holy Russia” mindset that has accompanied the liberation of the Russian Church.

    It seems to me, however, that wherever Christianity has given way to Islam or to the forces of secular and Godless political or economic systems (Communism, Nazism, Fascism, Europeanism, and American Consumerism), it is precisely because “Christians are not willing to fulfill the Gospel commandments”, and those are not the original commandment to “be fruitful and multiply” but rather to “love one another, as I have loved you,” and “if you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” What those commandments are can be found by reading the Gospels and the rest of the New Testament daily and putting what they teach us into practice, daily and intentionally.

    When Christians are satisfied with mere religious beliefs, apart from living holy lives with one another and reaching out in true charity to their neighbors, then whatever they think their “Christian” culture is, a relic, a tradition, etc., it is going to yield to attack, occupation and assimilation by the world system, in whatever form it takes. This is the sad lesson of history, our story, not His. Take Christ for granted, and you will be taken for granted, and become the inheritance of the enemy.

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