Fr John Jillions on how Orthodox Christians should recover from the bruises of the current US elections.
Now that the American elections are over, it is time to assess the role of the Orthodox Churches in helping to shape our country. They could take a passive stand entirely apart from the political process, but then we would have to accept that everyone else would decide the conditions under which we live as Orthodox Christians. And we would then also have to admit that we don’t actively care about what happens to our country or about contributing to the common good. This would be entirely contrary to the history of the Orthodox Churches, which have almost all played central roles in shaping national cultures, even when they existed—as they did for most of history—under autocratic regimes.
Learning to adapt to a democratic, constitutional, pluralistic political order of the kind we have in the United States is a relatively recent phenomenon. What happens…
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