Red or Blue?

The new religions of America

At seventy-three, I have witnessed many changes in the United States, but the one change that has saddened me the most is that Christianity has been replaced as the common faith of our nation, by a new religion.

This new religion is devoid of Christ, and based on political divisions that have beset our nation. Those who identify as Blue, have demonized the conservatives, and those who identify as Red, have demonized liberals. Gone are the days when respectful dialogue took place, and where differing political opinions and views where cordial in nature.

The lack of respect for differing views has polarized the nation, yet the saddest result of this division is not, in my opinion, political, but rather a new divide, demonstrated by an embracement of political alliances as a form of religion. This division has pushed aside the Lord Jesus Christ, replacing Him with political correctness. If you are left leaning, you are of the devil, and if you are right leaning, you are a bigot and an extremist.

We are, as a nation that has parted ways with Christianity, headed down the road of false religion, and are, as a result, on the road to perdition. The heavenly kingdom, which is the true nation of every Christian, is not political, but eternal. Let us turn our hearts to Christ, and in penance for the sins of our nation, make this very Christ, our Lord and King.

With love in Christ,
Abbot Tryphon

Photo: My newest friend, Father Timothy Wilkinson, Dean of the School of Business, Whitworth University, in Spokane, Washington.

Friday May 10, 2019 / April 27, 2019
Second Week of Pascha. Tone one.
Fast. Fish Allowed
Hieromartyr Symeon the Kinsman of the Lord (107).
New Hieromartyrs Paul and John priests, Martyrs Peter, Nicholas, Auksentius, Sergius and Virgin-martyr Anastasia (1922).
Virgin-martyr Mary (1938).
New Hieromartyr John priest (1941).
Venerable Stephen, abbot of the Kiev Caves and bishop of Vladimir in Volhynia (1094).
St. Eulogius the Hospitable of Constantinople (6th c.).
Venerable John, abbot of Cathares Monastery at Constantinople (832).
Venerable Simeon the New Stylite of Cilicia.
New Hieromartyr Seraphim, bishop of Phanar (1601).
Burning of the relics of Venerable Sava I of Serbia by the Turks (1595).
New Martyr Elias (Ardunis) of Mt. Athos (1686) (Greek).
St. Pollion the Reader of Cibalis in Pannonia (306).
St. Nicon, abbot of the monastery of St. Gerasimus (6th c.).
St. Floribert, bishop of Luik (746) (Neth.).
Holy Martyrs Poplionus and Lollionus the New.
St. Machalus, bishop of the Isle of Man.

The Scripture Readings

Acts 5:1-11

Lying to the Holy Spirit

5 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession. 2 And he kept back part of the proceeds, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part and laid it at the apostles’ feet. 3 But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself? 4 While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.”

5 Then Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and breathed his last. So great fear came upon all those who heard these things. 6 And the young men arose and wrapped him up, carried him out, and buried him.

7 Now it was about three hours later when his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. 8 And Peter answered her, “Tell me whether you sold the land for so much?”

She said, “Yes, for so much.”

9 Then Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.” 10 Then immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. And the young men came in and found her dead, and carrying her out, buried her by her husband. 11 So great fear came upon all the church and upon all who heard these things.

John 5:30-6:2

30 I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.

The Fourfold Witness

31 “If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not true. 32 There is another who bears witness of Me, and I know that the witness which He witnesses of Me is true. 33 You have sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth. 34 Yet I do not receive testimony from man, but I say these things that you may be saved. 35 He was the burning and shining lamp, and you were willing for a time to rejoice in his light. 36 But I have a greater witness than John’s; for the works which the Father has given Me to finish—the very works that I do—bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me. 37 And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form. 38 But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe. 39 You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.40 But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.

41 “I do not receive honor from men. 42 But I know you, that you do not have the love of God in you. 43 I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive. 44 How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God? 45 Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father;there is one who accuses you—Moses, in whom you trust. 46 For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. 47 But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”

Feeding the Five Thousand

6 After these things Jesus went over the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. 2 Then a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His signs which He performed on those who were diseased.

Abbot Tryphon

About Abbot Tryphon

The Very. Rev. Abbot Tryphon All-Merciful Saviour Monastery on Vashon Island, Washington. The Monastery is under the omophore of The Most Rev. Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America, of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. Situated in the heart of a beautiful forest, surrounded by the Salish Sea, the monastery is reached by ferry from either Seattle, or Tacoma, Washington.

17 comments:

  1. Father Tryphon Bless,
    I feel in today’s political spectrum there are clear cut lines of delineation between what is right, what is true, and what is honest that contrasts with what is deceptive and evil.
    I use my orthodox Christian upbringing in order to guide my secular beliefs. When I look at the parties I have determined based on my orthodox faith what are dealbreaker’s for myself, as we all know the political realm is a conglomeration of politicians who lie and deceive on a daily basis from both sides. However, a party platform that at least is fighting for some of the fundamental truths of life Is a party I can support. The dealbreaker’s for me are the abortion issue which has now come full circle to live birth murder. And not to judge anyone, but sodomy should not be the law of the land. Alternative lifestyles should not be taught in schools. Adolescent children are conflicted enough just by raging hormonal changes, they shouldn’t have to be privy to additional confusion as to which gender they identify with merely based on our insanely political correct ideology. God made men as men and women as women, there is a distinct matter of individual choice. As for me, in this day and age, I put all my faith in God.

    Christ is risen from the dead trampolining down death by death and upon those in the tombs bestowing life

  2. Father bless,
    Christ is Risen!
    I very much agree with everything you have written but do we not also need to be aware of the leftist movement with the murdering of babies up to moment of birth, the pushing of the LGBT movement, the doing away with sexes, no ore male females, males allowed to use womens restrooms if they identify as a female that day. I could go on. Sadly all of these are coming out of the left, the blue not the right the red. I identify myself as a conservative, my brother a democrat. We get a long great but NEVER discuss politics. He is not Orthodox either but calls on me when he needs prayer for someone. There seems to me to be an agenda and if we do not be careful we may become a true socialist country.
    your loving prayers.
    Sdn Daniel

  3. Peace Reverend Father Tryphon for Christ is Risen! Indeed He is risen!
    Each day I receive your post. Read it at times quickly! At other times, I feel inclined to respond; and, often do not do so! You speak of the divide between RED and BLUE — politicks do divide and cause so much unrest and confusion, in a person, a Nation or the world at large? Perhaps it is the WHITE (purity of heart) that is lacking in our Nation, in the Church, and in humanity in general. It all seems so complicated at times! And, yet the Word is so powerful. Scripture says ” it does what it says!” This is scary, unnerving, a kind of chaos being created instead of the TRUTH spoken and exemplified in and through Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the Gospel ( Good News ). WHITE seems to me to be a ” space ” between the RED and the BLUE! We all do question, wonder, not know what to say or do in certain situation and moments of seeming darkness: “Do not let your hearts be troubled!” Jesus said in John 14

    It is better for me to gratefully acknowledge the hidden, yet present action of the Holy Spirit which is always at work everywhere, filling all things … and propels into the ” desert ” to be tempted by “satan” in the midst of it all facing the negative, the shadow, the demonic presence of illusion, pride, acquisitiveness, etc that was practiced during the Lenten Season! and, begin anew, today, wherever we are, whoever we are ……..
    I’m already saying too much in this space where I stand between the RED and the BLUE …. in the WAY of repentance and unknowing, hoping for a renewed out-pouring of the Holy Spirit in the upper room of my soul’s house! in prayer and waiting for the Kingdom of God which is at hand!

    1. I wonder what happened to the EDIT button that was on this website, allowing for corrections and changes to the unnoticed mistakes of spelling and punctuation in a post, as well as a re=ordering of the posted content? The above post could have used some corrective measures that I tried to implement, but was unable to do. Forgive my inattention.

      1. I did make the spelling correction. When I wrote it, I was exhausted from my trip to Spokane, WA., for the speaking engagement at Whitworth University. I am personally glad my occasional mistakes can not be corrected by anyone but me, for I fear some of my articles might be subject to another person correcting me out of existence.

        1. Father bless,
          Perhaps I wasn’t clear enough in my post about the EDIT button! I was speaking of my own errors in my initial post; and wanted to correct these. Truly I didn’t see any error in your post, please forgive me, Father; and pray for me a sinner! Thank you! Christ is risen!

          1. Well, I guess my misunderstanding came about because I’m finally back in the monastery, and totally exhausted from my trip to Spokane. Forgive me. Truly He is Risen!

  4. Father bless,
    One quibble, from someone raised from deep within the left wing of politics: It is almost exclusively the Blue which see religion, or more specifically, Christianity, as a obstacle to their politics, which they in turn embrace as pseudo salvation. Hence their otherwise inexplicable promotion of Islam despite it diversion from their own position: “The enemy of my enemy is my friend”. And Christianity is the enemy.

  5. Amen to your blog today!

    The (political) leaders of today have forgotten their history lessons. Even at the founding of this nation, the leaders would invoke the name of the Almighty Lord in their decision making. They let their conscience rule, not their passions.

  6. Very well said Fr. Tryphon.
    We put our faith in political leaders, focus daily precious time on news events and malicious gossip instead of spending time talking to God who hears even our thoughts and reading His Word daily. Perhaps healing can begin by each Christ follower, what ever political leaning or denomination, placing true faith, trust and energy in the One who sees it all and gives us our very breath. Lord Have Mercy.

  7. Amen and YES to nun helen. I desire to stand in the White of God’s will. Let us raise a banner of White light and love and respecting for our fellow man that starts a change in our own hearts. Thank-you, I am not Red or Blue, but want “Create in me a clean heart oh, Lord” ! Transfigured WHITE.

  8. Thank you for expressing so clearly what is going on. It goes just as well for Scandinavia and Europe. May we get strength to search for “the white” with all our hearts.

  9. Great posting today, Father. Thank you. I stand with Nun Helen between the two sides. Both sides are deeply troubled and being led astray from the Word and His works. Our sin as a people is that of believing in a party or a color (either one) and their propaganda rather than believing and trusting in God. Working to create communities in our neighborhoods where we uphold each other, nurture each other, make life easier for each other, no matter our color, is the true commission of God and his beloved Son to us. No political party can or will create a godly nation, ever! Only we as individuals, serving each other in spite of our political stances, and turning to God in all of our doings, can create — neighborhood by neighborhood — a godly nation. Let us set aside our tribalism, both conservative and liberal, as the troubled (and ultimately failed) structure that it is, and begin rejoicing in God and greeting each other in love.

  10. Politics is increasingly a temptation to see another’s sins rather than our own. Yes, I have political opinions, but mostly they get us nowhere, and today don’t seem to be intended to take us anywhere. And in this sense, they are clearly totemic.

    One of the hardest things in all of this is to remember that Christ’s Resurrection calls us to be joyful… to see the good where it may be difficult, and even when the person who is beloved by Christ is less inclined to see the joy in themselves that God wishes for them. A warm smile and a wry sense for the ironies of our daily lives and burdens shared with another is infectious and welcome at all times. And then the light of Christ that is within so many… hidden under a bushel… can come out. As someone wrote long ago, “Where is the joy in Christians? Where is their love? Just because it may be hard doesn’t give us an excuse to give in to our misgivings.” Be of good cheer my friend.

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