For ganske nyligt lod en mangeårig kær ven sig døbe ind i den russisk-ortodokse kirke. Inden da havde vi mange diskussioner om hans beslutning. Personligt er mine rødder i den protestantiske tro for stærke til, at jeg kan skifte kirke. Men jeg forstår godt hans beslutning. Hør blot hvad den russisk-ortodokse kirkes overhoved, patriarken Kirill, udtalte i går. Fra Russia Today:
The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has asked for a state-level ban on legal moves to allow same-sex marriage, noting that this position was based on the very nature of Christianity…
“In a response to the broad international discussion of this issue we would like to make a resolute statement – marriage is a union between a man and a woman, based on love and mutual understanding and made in order to give birth to children,” Russia’s head cleric stated.
Patriarch Kirill promised that the church would provide support to all state and public institutions that seek to protect the traditional Christian values. He stressed, however, that such a move was not caused by a desire to influence politics, rather by the very nature of Christianity…
In addition the Patriarch noted that wider promotion of religious education could help the authorities tackle extremism and terrorism. Prepared citizens could offer ‘intellectual resistance’ both to Islamist extremists and to mass culture with its cult of hedonism and aggression, he added.
Kirill står efterhånden for mig som alle sande kristnes åndelige overhoved. Også selv om man er dansk og protestant.
In hoc signo vinces.