Hey, America. You know that country that Alaskans can see from their houses, Russia? Ok, good. Vladamir Putin is President over there, and he has a few choice words to say about Americans and the way that they are essentially destroying themselves by passing destructive laws. Listen up, ladies and gents. If Putin is going to call Obama and the United States out on the carpet like that, we have GOT to realize what an incredible low we have hit.
In his State of the Nation speech last month, Putin asserted that, “Many Euro-Atlantic countries have moved away from their roots, including Christian values… Policies are being pursued that place on the same level a multi-child family and a same-sex partnership, a faith in God and a belief in Satan.” Russia has adopted new laws that ban homosexual propaganda and criminalizes the insulting of religious sensibilities.
The law on religious sensibilities was approved in the wake of a protest in Moscow’s largest cathedral by a female punk rock group, Pussy Riot. State-run television said the group’s “demonic” protest was funded by “some Americans.” Russia’s newfound embrace of traditional values has prompted a rise in Orthodox vigilantism. Extreme groups such as the Union of Orthodox Banner Bearers, an ultraconservative faction who adopted a slogan “Orthodoxy or Death,” are gaining prominence.
It was not that long ago that the United States was accusing Russia for being a “godless nation.” On March 8, 1983, Ronald Reagan said this about Russia to an audience of evangelicals:
Yes, let us pray for the salvation of all of those who live in that totalitarian darkness–pray they will discover the joy of knowing God. But until they do, let us be aware that while they preach the supremacy of the state, declare its omnipotence over individual man, and predict its eventual domination of all peoples on the Earth, they are the focus of evil in the modern world.
History supports the 40th President of the United States’ remarks. According to a 1995 Russian presidential committee report, Soviet authorities executed 200,000 clergy and believers from 1917 to 1937, many of them crucified, scalped, and otherwise tortured. Thousands of churches were destroyed, and those that survived were turned into warehouses, garages, or museums of atheism.
Americans need to heed the words of President Reagan once again. We need to pray. We need to be mighty prayer warriors, and dedicate our words to the Father ‘for the salvation of all of those who live in that totalitarian darkness–pray they will discover the joy of knowing God’ Pray. Like you never have prayed before. Make it your cause. America needs you.
Written by Katie McGuire. Follow Katie on Twitter @GOPKatie, or email the author at firstname.lastname@example.org
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