Zaporozhye, Ukraine, June 4, 2020
Mass protests on the streets in cities across America “have shown how quickly the mask of decency and morality falls from people when permissiveness hits the streets,” writes His Eminence Metropolitan Luke of Zaporozhye in a reflection published on his Telegram channel on Wednesday, June 2.
The carefully-orchestrated protests are in fact a means of control, the outspoken hierarch writes, but rather than being allured by wild images of violence, we should instead turn our gazes and our minds to the Lord Jesus Christ and His saints, he exhorts.
“Recent events induce sad reflections,” Met. Luke writes. “Christianity, which was the main state-forming and cultural factor in the construction of European and American civilization, is giving way to completely different models of social life.”
Given the opportunity, many have thrown off the semblance of morality and propriety, His Eminence laments.
“What do the religious buildings they’ve desecrated remind the protestors of? What are the owners of burned cars guilty of before the protestors? What guilt is there with the owners of smashed and robbed stores?” the Zaporozhye hierarch asks of the violence that is supposed to be in honor of the tragic death of George Floyd.
Anything is possible without God he continues: “When there is no fear of God and conscience, then man, having no fear of punishment, turns into a beast seeking easy prey.”
“Such a man is very easy to control,” the metropolitan writes, emphasizing that he does not believe that the entire country simply spontaneously erupted into protests after watching the tragic video of Floyd’s death. The riots are “as if on command,” he writes.
Americans, like no others, expect their rights and freedoms to be respected. “Perhaps the whole point is … to habituate these people to the idea that the usual order and prosperity can be provided only by a regime to which they have to yield their freedoms and rights.” Perhaps, this is why “this controlled chaos of protests has been allowed,” Met. Luke considers.
“For the builders of the new world order, it doesn't matter whether you are American, Russian, or Chinese. The main thing is that everyone learns to listen to Big Brother,” the Ukrainian hierarch continues.
“Why am I talking about this?” he asks rhetorically. Because a big lie is being pushed, skillfully manipulating the people under the guise of fighting for truth and health, Met. Luke believes.
However, Christians must remain stable, ever focused on the Lord: “I don't have the time or energy to figure out all these backstage games. Therefore, I wish all those who long for the Truth of the Future Age to look less at the crazy pictures of this sinful world, and to more often turn their eyes to the holy icons and offer prayers to the One Who will finally put everything in its place.”