the Kingdom of God - a Much More Fundame ntal Question
- There is no greater contemporary absurdity than to
expatiate upon the Christian excellence of the past &
present MP. Learned theologians of the Russian
Orthodox Church Abroad bend their powerful minds to
demonstrate that Met. Sergius' abject surrender of the
keys of the Church in Russia to the son of perdition
was a fleeting fancy, a cause of passing irritation
for believers & we can now hitch the ROCA's future to
the MP. We are asked to let go of images; images that
we built in our youth; images that gave us strength;
images that solidified & energized our own self-image.
Despite all evidence to the contrary, perhaps the core
of the MP is good. Could I differ with others only by
reason of words?
At the very heart of Christianity is the
notion-that the only way to live is to die. There was
a way of deliverance for Met. Sergius & his disciples,
instead they accepted the devil's offer of the kingdom
on earth. A few years back, an official MP website
displayed banners celebrating the Red Army's 1945
complete victory over the invader. A great image
revelatory to what is essential about the MP: what we
must worship is in earthly terms.
Having had a glimpse into the life of the MP on two
continents, I see an organization which does not
include self-consciousness or spiritual awareness. I
believe the MP does not trust in God, which I try to
He was demanded of the Pharisees when the kingdom
of God would come. He answered and said:
The kingdom does not come with observation; neither
shall they say: Over here! or Look over there! For
behold, the kingdom is within you.
Any attempt to externalise the Kingdom of Heaven
must end in disaster. It is for those who set out for
the Kingdom alone that will reach it together & those
who seek it in company will perish by themselves.