Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Now, we pray

The campaign is over. All that is humanly possible has been done. The battle is no longer in the public arena, but in the hearts, minds and souls of a million and a half Moldovans. And the only person who has access there is Almightly God.

The PCRM has engaged the Moldovan Orthodox Church in its campaign, with, for example, the Bishop of Balti call for parishioners to vote for 'stability and statehood', both communist codewords. The alternative orthodox grouping, the Basarabian Orthodox Church is closely aligned with the communist-allied Christian Democrat party. The only religious leaders that have stood up to the communists have been one or two independent-minded priests and some figures in Moldova's small protestant minority.

But don't despair. God, I believe, is the first liberal. He placed us in the Garden of Eden and allowed us to eat of any tree in the garden except one. He gave us freewill, to the extent of allowing us even to rebel against him should we want to.

He's also the first social democrat, instructing us to love our neighbours and to look after the poor, the weak and the imprisoned, demanding that we be our brother's keeper as well as taking responsibility for our own lives.

God is just. He has watched as the communist leadership has accumulated massive fortunes at the expense of the people. He has watched as those who are supposed to represent him have instead chosen to side with evil. He has watched as the security services beat up Moldova's youth. These matters will not go unpunished.

So now we pray that God's will will be done in Moldova as it is in Heaven. There is a promise which God once gave the people of Israel which hopefully also applies to Moldova in some part: "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will heal their land."

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