Dismantling Christian Civilization

The ultimate goal of ANTIFA and BLM is to dismantle Western Christian Civilization

For all those individuals who have seen the mass demonstrations in the streets of Portland, Oregon, Seattle, Washington, and countless other cities across the country, and still believed we were, as the mayor of Seattle proclaimed, coming upon “a summer of love”, I would call your attention to what happened in Portland a month or so ago.

The usual “peaceful demonstration” that took place in front of the Federal Courthouse saw the burning of an American flag, but for we Christians, the much more ominous burning of Bibles. How on earth could these people think they were demonstrating for equal rights for our black citizens, and an end of  “police brutality”, by burning bibles?

We must not allow ourselves to be naive enough to believe these protests and riots are anything but an attempt to dismantle all of Western Civilization and upend centuries of Christian tradition. The time honored freedom of religion that our forefathers fought for, and enshrined in the Bill of Rights, is now being attacked by the same spirit of Antichrist that brought down the God-anointed Imperial government of Russia during the Bolshevik Revolution.

Christianity is swiftly being replaced by an atheistic Nihilism that is disguised as human rights for all, while police are being vivified, defunded, and in some cases, disbanded. This is all happening while unthinking political and academic types (and some religious leaders) are surrendering to a political ideology that is anything but based on logic and reason, and is showing clear signs of having surrendered to a form of Marxism that is the most dangerous ideology that our country has faced in her history.

Now is the time when true Christians need to stand firm in the Faith received from the Apostles, and cling to the mercy of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Our nation will continue this downward fall into the abyss unless we all, collectively, repent. A nation that has one of the highest abortion counts in the world, and has a history of interfering in the internal affairs of countries across the globe, must repent, and return to the slogan printed on our money, “In God we Trust”. We must, once again, become “One Nation, under God”. We must, as a people, come together in peaceful resolve to turn our nation around, and embrace our democratic and religious heritage, before it is too late.

With love in Christ,
Abbot Tryphon

Tuesday October 6, 2020 / September 23, 2020
18th Week after Pentecost. Tone eight.
The Conception of the Honorable, Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John.
Canonization (1977) of St. Innocent Metropolitan of Moscow.
New Hieromartyr John priest (1937).
New Hieromartyr Arsenius archbishop (1937).
Venerables Xanthippa and Polyxena (109), disciples of the Apostles, who died in Spain.
Virgin-martyr Irais (Rhais) of Alexandria (308).
Martyrs Andrew, John, Peter, and Antoninus of Syracuse, martyred in Africa (886).
“Slovensk” Icon of the Mother of God (1635).
“Hawaiian” Myrrh-streaming Iveron Ikon of the Theotokos (2007).
New Martyr Nicholas Pantopolis at Constantinople (1672) (Greek).
New Martyr John of Epirus (1814).
Venerable Adamnan, abbot of Iona, biographer of St. Columba (704) (Celtic & British).

The Scripture Readings

Ephesians 5:20-26

20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another in the fear of God.

Marriage—Christ and the Church

22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. 24 Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,

Luke 3:23-4:1

The Genealogy of Jesus Christ

23 Now Jesus Himself began His ministry at about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, the son of Heli, 24 the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Janna, the son of Joseph, 25 the son of Mattathiah, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai, 26 the son of Maath, the sonof Mattathiah, the son of Semei, the son of Joseph, the son of Judah, 27 the son of Joannas, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, the son of Neri, 28 the son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmodam, the son of Er, 29 the son of Jose, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, 30 the son of Simeon, the son of Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonan, the son of Eliakim, 31 the son of Melea, the son of Menan, the son of Mattathah, the son of Nathan, the son of David, 32 the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of Salmon, the son of Nahshon, 33 the son of Amminadab, the son of Ram, the son of Hezron, the sonof Perez, the son of Judah, 34 the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor, 35 the son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber, the son of Shelah, 36 the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech, 37 the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalalel, the son of Cainan, 38 the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.

Satan Tempts Jesus

4 Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,

Galatians 4:22-31

22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons: the one by a bondwoman, the other by a freewoman. 23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and he of the freewoman through promise, 24 which things are symbolic. For these are the two covenants: the one from Mount Sinai which gives birth to bondage, which is Hagar— 25 for this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children— 26 but the Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all. 27 For it is written:

“Rejoice, O barren,
You who do not bear!
Break forth and shout,
You who are not in labor!
For the desolate has many more children
Than she who has a husband.”

28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are children of promise. 29 But, as he who was born according to the flesh then persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, even so it is now. 30 Nevertheless what does the Scripture say? “Cast out the bondwoman and her son, for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.” 31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman but of the free.

Luke 1:5-25

John’s Birth Announced to Zacharias

5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah. His wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. 7 But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advanced in years.

8 So it was, that while he was serving as priest before God in the order of his division, 9 according to the custom of the priesthood, his lot fell to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. 10 And the whole multitude of the people was praying outside at the hour of incense. 11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.

13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. 14 And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth. 15 For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. 16 And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. 17 He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

18 And Zacharias said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years.”

19 And the angel answered and said to him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and was sent to speak to you and bring you these glad tidings. 20 But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time.”

21 And the people waited for Zacharias, and marveled that he lingered so long in the temple. 22 But when he came out, he could not speak to them; and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple, for he beckoned to them and remained speechless.

23 So it was, as soon as the days of his service were completed, that he departed to his own house. 24 Now after those days his wife Elizabeth conceived; and she hid herself five months, saying, 25 “Thus the Lord has dealt with me, in the days when He looked on me,to take away my reproach among people.”

About Abbot Tryphon

The Very. Rev. Abbot Tryphon is Igumen of All-Merciful Saviour Monastery on Vashon Island, Washington. 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.

42 comments:

  1. Many people seem to be in denial about this issue and I feel it is time that we as Christians take a stand before it’s to late.

  2. Amen! A bullseye Father! And the Bolshevik Revolution is a good comparison, one I’ve thought of frequently. Unfortunately for those in the streets they’re nothing more than Lenin’s “Useful Idiots” for their financiers ,
    Our nation needs an “awakening” . Pray….

    Blest day, Father.

  3. Dear Abbot, I read your column regularly but you lost me with BLM as representing dismantling o f Western Christian Civilization. I don’t know about Antifa , but basically BLM’s desire is for justice for Blacks people in this country. I don’t hear you condemning White Supremacists and their likeminded allies that way; nor the militia they are building to disrupt the US; they are trying to dismantle hard-won freedoms for black people and people of color. Those are strong words, dear Father;. and your words reach many; and your words have power. Many people who may vote this president out of office may change their minds because of what You say. I would think you would be speak out against the injustice not throw fuel on a fire.

    1. If you would read the BLM’s own blog information, you would know they are Marxist based. Very few black people are a part of that organization. As for the “White Supremacists” you speak of, they are not the violent ones we see in the streets of American cities, rioting against the police, and trashing and burning buildings. I am not pro-white supremacists, but I am pro-American.

      1. Amen Father, AMEN!

        The new communists are just as murderous, violent, and remorseless as the old communists. Once they seize power and neutralize the legal system they will imprison, torture, and murder as many Christians and innocent people as possible, just as they have done in every single country they took over in the last one hundred years. They are nothing more than modern Bolsheviks!

      2. Father,

        Respectfully, you are confusing a slogan with an organization. “Black Lives Matter” is a slogan that has been used by various people and groups for many years. At one point, in 2013, someone formed an actual organization named “Black Lives Matter”, and this organization has a website (which I will not link here, but I read their website and that is how I know when they were founded). Based on their website, it seems this organization runs a blog and sells t-shirts. I see no evidence that they have more than a handful of members. They don’t even post on their blog more than a couple of times a month, and the last “action” on their “global actions” page was from 2019. It could even be just one person with a website.

        To use an analogy, there is an organization called “Save the Whales” (savethewhales.org). That does not mean that everyone who says “save the whales!” is part of this organization. In fact, the vast majority have probably never heard of it.

        For every popular catchphrase ever invented, there is usually someone at some point who registers an organization using that catchphrase as a name, to benefit from its popularity. There is a “Yes We Can” organization (yeswecan.org), and supporters of Barack Obama might be shocked to learn that it’s… “a non-profit organization that works to improve public education in Mobile County.” (as they explain on their website)

        There is even a “God Bless America” organization (a charity fund supporting the Girl Scouts in New York City). Does that mean that every time someone says “God Bless America”, he is expressing support for the Girl Scouts in New York City? Of course not.

        “Black Lives Matter” is no different. It is a slogan. No one owns it, so people are free to start organizations called “Black Lives Matter” that advocate for whatever they want. I could start a “Black Lives Matter” barbershop quartet, and no one would be able to stop me from calling it that. I could register the website “blacklivesmatter.net” (I just checked and there is nothing there at the moment, so it’s free for the taking) and put anything I want on it.

        In the age of the internet, if you were lucky enough to register a website with a famous name before that name becomes famous, you can make yourself sound far more important than you actually are.

    2. Dear Johanna,
      Please see my comments below. I agree wholeheartedly that Black lives do matter and that siding with Proud Boys and Boogaloo Bois, and children of 17 who shoot people on the street because of their convictions are not the path for our faith, our Church our souls.

      1. Sister Rachel you create a false dicotomy.. That is not the way to reconciliation. In Christ we are one. We must repent, put aside our ideologies and allow our Lord to heal our shame.
        Solzhenitsyn warned us that all ideology is lies and we, as Christian, must not live by lies.
        BLM is a lie and Marxist. They will happily kill anyone who does not properly espouse the correct thoughts. Read the works of Pastor Richard Wurmbrand and others imprisoned for their faith.

        1. Dear Michael,
          Where do you get the information that anyone who is a member of the group Black Lives Matter would kill someone who “does not properly espouse the correct thoughts.” Do you believe that the lives of black men, women and children in this country do NOT matter? Don’t you think white Christian Americans have an obligation to stand up for and help our fellow black citizens? Please don’t tell me you are arguing against that because the founders of the organization Black Lives Matter are marxists! You know, people of all ages and many “colors” organized marches after the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. They didn’t and don’t belong to an organized group. They walked together and protected and supported one another and they stopped looters and destroyers. And, they bore witness to a general feeling and belief in our country that we are tired of murder as a solution to “the race problem.” If you, for example, were to say “I agree that white treatment of black people in America is unfair and even dangerous. I don’t want to support a marxist organization, but I will do something to show my support for my black brothers and sisters.” I don’t hear that from you. Why is that?

  4. Father Bless,
    Does the ultimate goal of white supremacy groups like the proud boys differ from that of BLM and ANTIFA?

    Thank you,

  5. Yes, it is a huge cover-up and lies to dismantle as you said. I haven’t viewed the website, but have been told by those who have, that the BLM website states the founders of BLM are 3 lesbian women and they have taken training and provide training in Marxism.

    There have been a few (and probably more) black people who thought they were joining something that support Black people but then found out exactly what was going on and left.

    There is a huge deception going on in the world and we know where that comes from!

    God bless; keep safe and take care…..

  6. I personally know an archpriest who runs a mission, has suffered a damaged window, shot by a BB gun apparently. Thanks be to God, the icon of Christ in the window was undamaged but it was deliberately targeted as the cracks originate on the forehead. Another parish had an outdoor icon of Christ shot/vandalized in West Sacramento (Holy Ascension ROC). God protect us!

  7. I would suggest , dear Abbot, you check out
    snopes.com. and put in “BLM Manifesto. Snopes checks out fake conspiracy theories. In addition, I was quite disappointed that you would talk about BLM in the manner above. It’s bad enough that the Orthodox Church as a whole doesn’t seem to be doing that much for People of color, who must fight for every inch of recognition of their rights; if I had joined the Orthodox Church on the basis of how they have reached out to black folks and people of color, I would have never converted. I hope your condemnation of white supremacist groups is as vocally specific as your thoughts are about BLM.

      1. That person is the co-founder of a website that happened to register the name “Black Lives Matter” some years ago. So this is like saying that the person who owns GodBlessAmerica.org (a real website, although it only seems to have one page) is the leader of all people who say “God Bless America”.

    1. Johanna,
      I agree. If anything, Orthodox Christians should first address the systematic subtle discrimination or rather “un-welcome vibes” they show against people of color or people not from the particular church “ethnic group”
      As a person of color, I have been to a handful of Orthodox churches where not a single individual or clergy approached to welcome or inquire about my visit. One time, I left a particular church in San Francisco in tears because I felt so lost and dejected. Very disheartening, painful, and sad.
      In my humble opinion, the dismantling of Christianity starts within our own church. So, like they say, “charity begins at home.” Let’s clean our Orthodox house before we start condemning and cleaning other people’s homes.
      Lord have mercy on us sinners!

      1. Anon, your experience saddens me deeply and is not unlike two of my dear friends Fr. Moses Berry and another in my own parish. The Fellowship of St Moses the Black is doing as you suggest. I am working with my friend in my own parish to do as you suggest but it is not an either/or.
        Please pray for me a sinner and my friend.

    2. Johanna, snopes is a click bait site. Nothing more. Heavily influenced by leftist ideology. The solution is not in ideology.
      Do you know od The Fellowship of St. Moses, the Black? https://mosestheblack.org/2020/06/racial-reconciliation-interview-with-fr-turbo-qualls/

      I have known the founder, Fr. Moses Berry since 1973. I have been privy to some of his struggles as a black man in the world and in the Church.
      You might want to listen to the Orthodox way toward racial reconciliation. Even if BLM is all that you think, and it is not, justice in the the world is useless. “In the course of justice, none of us should see salvation.”
      Reconciliation is the way of Christ. That is only possible through repentance, forgiveness and the healing of our mutual shame.
      Please, I beg you, do not give into shame and think goodness will come out of it. Shame, too, is a passion that needs healing. The toxic shame of racism is of the evil one.
      The Cross eradicates all such shame. Then we can render the deeds of mercy instead of calling down on our heads the captivity of ideological tryanny.

    3. Johanna,
      Snopes has been fact checked multiple times. BLM is an anti-christian organization. They are pro LGBT Marxists.

  8. Thank-you, Abbot Tryphon, for addressing the evil that is being perpetuated in our society.
    According to Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary Tenth Edition 2001:
    (1) Homily – a lecture or discourse on or of a moral theme.
    (2) Preach- to urge acceptance or abandonment of an idea or course of action.
    (3) Sermon- a speech on conduct or duty.
    Most of our clergy, be they Orthodox, Catholic or Protestant have abdicated their responsibility to do the above for decades, leaving their Sheep floundering.
    In Christ.

  9. Millions upon millions of people were murdered in the 20th Century by some form of Marxism. I am unable to wrap my mind around the number of people who were killed. So soon, so soon after these atrocities are we facing the same threat in our nation. These “protesters “ – for the most part – have no idea of where, if they are successful, this anarchy / Marxist movement will lead. History has been abandoned in our schools, so it is no wonder these people swallow the lies fed to them. It is an evil agenda, fueled by the demonic – in my opinion.

  10. Dear Abbot Tryphon,
    Yes, we must come together as one people under God. I agree wholeheartedly. I have to say that is why it grieves me so much that our Christian leaders do not step forward to lead in the change that must take place in our broken nation. You talk about going back to our Christian values as a nation. But, it was as a Christian nation that we enslaved and murdered and shamed millions of our own people because of the color of their skin. We abort children in this country, AND we do damage to the little ones who live in our midst. We can’t continue like this and be a Christian nation. I was talking with a fellow Christian woman who said that she was offended by a mural of George Floyd with wings. She said, “He was no angel. He tried to pass a bad $20 bill.” But, did he really deserve to die for that? And, who among us knows whether George reached heaven at his death. Not you. Not I. Only One knows. He Who made George in the first place. How can we be so cavalier in our judgement? When he was dying, George Floyd cried out for his mother, who was dead. He asked strangers to tell his children he loved them. And then he submitted to his death. And we saw that on national television. Can we not find it in our hearts to stand with those who have been tortured and beaten down in this country? If we can’t, then, unfortunately, it will fall to the atheists to stand for righteousness and truth and goodness. We have an opportunity to declare and live the fact that Black lives matter. Because they matter to God Who made them! Can we not stand with Him? America won’t become a Communist country. We love pleasure too much. This is a false dichotomy. I beg you! I implore you! Please lead us in the paths of righteousness–please don’t get caught in the false divisions of the times. Jesus Christ loved tax collectors, whores, rich young men, and ordinary fishermen during His time walking this Earth. Can we not dare to follow His example?

    1. Firstly, you’re friend is right in that he’s no angel. He not tried passing counterfeit money but was also smuggling drugs in his unmentionables, which leaked into his system. Combine that with heart problems and the stress of resisting lawful arrest and he’s not getting back up from that. Stop buying into the narrative.

  11. I believe that there are at least two different people who write on this blog. One person seems to write as a compassionate and wise priest. The second person posts these political diatribes. If they are the same person, then I’m not sure how to explain it.

  12. Dear Sister, the offenses of our country are indeed great. Repentance is needed but not for others, for me. ALL the group “solutions” to which you allude to are about demanding everybody else and all of society but the woke folk change and if I do not then I am evil and deserve punishment. There are some ideologies that say that just because I am white, I am racist.
    No, I prefer truly Orthodox teaching and practice like that in The Fellowship of St. Moses, the Black which offers ways toward genuine racial reconciliation in Christ.
    Anything less just adds to the problem.
    One thing it requires which I have seen in the Fellowahips founder, Fr. Moses Berry is to refuse to live in shame.
    Jesus says, Forgive them for they know not what they do. That prayer resounding in my heart extinguishes shame and guilt and paves the way to deep repentance in me.
    God’s mercy and grace are sufficient without recourse to ideological politics which is of the evil one and oppresses the soul inwardly and the body outwardly.

  13. BLM is a false god. Not in the sense of gold or stone, but in ideology and philosophy. Worshiped by so many, screaming the streets.
    “It is worth noting that Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors said in a video that she and her co-founder are “trained Marxists.” She was quoted as saying:

    “The first thing, I think, is that we actually do have an ideological frame. Myself and Alicia in particular are trained organizers…We are trained Marxists. We are super-versed on, sort of, ideological theories. And I think that what we really tried to do is build a movement that could be utilized by many, many black folk.”

    All lives matter, including the unborn. Period.

    We need more priests, clergy, etc. to call it the way it is. thank you Abbot.

  14. Abbot, thank you once again for the wisdom of your words. You are oh-so-correct. BLM is nefarious. They are NOT about racial inequality. On the surface it appears that they promote equality for Blacks. Look closer. Their own site states they were founded by “three radical Black women” unhappy with other Black organizations. Taken from their page: “Black liberation movements in this country have created room, space, and leadership mostly for Black heterosexual, cisgender men — leaving women, queer and transgender people, and others either out of the movement or in the background to move the work forward with little or no recognition. As a network, we have always recognized the need to center the leadership of women and queer and trans people.”

    Translated to their past actions? They wish to topple anyone who doesn’t vehemently support the same. Their biggest threat? White, Christian, conservative, heterosexuals. Even BLACK Christian, conservative, heterosexuals are a threat! I’m showing my age by saying we used to “agree to disagree” with others who were different than us in any way. Now? I’ve personally seen a medical provider fired for simply stating that to allow a child to change gender prior to going through puberty is dangerous and can be considered abuse. We are getting to the point that to express our belief (even those backed by medical science) is considered a hate crime. What next? Worship in secret? Unless we sell out, as many protestant churches near me have done, and attempt to create God into society’s image…church is becoming a dangerous place to be.

    As a medical provider, I encounter many colors, creeds, genders, ideologies. I treat them ALL with compassion, as if Jesus were in front of me. My personal life remains personal, and I tell patients it doesn’t affect my care for them. But I NEVER lie or sell out my faith. The 2-3 times I’ve shared my faith in the 2+ decades of patient care, my patients verbalized that while they don’t share my faith, they’re impressed because it’s not how they figured ‘someone like me’ would act. And they sometimes give Christianity a second glance. Thanks be to God.

    Jesus walked among the sinners, yes. He opened His glorious heart to those who needed saving. But make no mistake. He did NOT advocate violence toward those who held different beliefs than what He preached. He did NOT say to those around Him… “oh, you believe _________, let me alter Truth to fit your narrative.” No indeed! Even the rich man went away sad because He couldn’t do what our Lord was asking. For those who support BLM…do your research! This is not a good group. They do not have peace, love and happiness in mind. They want nothing less than to trample anything conservative or what we’ve previously called “normal.” Time, my fellow Christians, to be brave. And pray. Pray, pray, pray. Lord have mercy!

  15. Thank you, Father. Great Post! I have recently read both Father Seraphim Rose excellent biography as well as his Orthodox survival course. When i look back at my political leanings over the years and the swings and seductions to the left and right i wish i had access to this wisdom many years ago . All these so-called revolutionary movements seduce with some truth wrapped in good intentions – whether they are left or right -as Father Seraphim so eloquently demonstrates . They all lead to dead ends and violence and destruction. The church does have the answers. Thank you for echoing them!

  16. And Abbot do you not think that the Proud Boys, KKK, Patriot Front, the Base and all white nationalist should be excluded from your condemnation? The white nationalist proclaim their fervent Christianity, are they to be followed and adored. Please stop the diatribes you write for political influence. The current administration is overtly and purposefully amoral, racist and divisive. I will pray for your enlightenment.

    1. Sergius – did you actually read the post? The groups you mentioned aren’t the ones out screaming in the streets for BLM or Antifa. No where in the post is anything mentioned about the current administration, or any support for any political party. Clearly Abbot Tryphon is not the one who needs enlightenment.

    2. Have you read what the dear Abbot wrote above? Doesn’t seem like it. Two main points: Proud Boys is hardly a white nationalist group: they are mixed race and their founder is a black man. That was pointed out above. Secondly: BLM is interwoven with Antifa, and they are the ones burning down our cities. Show me one building/storefront destroyed by any white nationalist. There isn’t any. As to the current admin: what EXACTLY have they done that is amoral. Or racist. Or divisive. What is dividing our nation is the screaming that everyone who does not believe the Black Supremacist narrative is racist. Make no mistake: BLM is a Black Supremacist organization.

  17. Thank you, Abbot Tryphon!
    I so appreciate your boldness in speaking out on the evil that is right under our noses…..
    It’s very difficult to get ANY public commentary from Orthodox Christian leadership regarding these issues… at least my own Priest agrees that our upcoming election is crucial to our American way of life as we know it.
    May God bless you richly for your boldness.

  18. As the Scriptures say, we must always be on guard against Satan’s worldly deceptions. Unfortunately, this is one that could inflict severe damage to our nation. We must pray for strength to resist Satan’s heavy hand of deception by clinging to the robe of Christ.

  19. Has anyone in this thread watched the way that Philando Castile behaved toward the police officer who killed him? (he was respectful) Has anyone wondered about the murder of a child, Tamir Rice, because he was playing with a toy gun? (the person who reported him said it was a toy) Has anyone who is commenting about the horrors of marxism read about the systematic torture of black men, women and children in this country? Has anyone heard the pleas of Elijah McClain asking not to be restrained because he had asthma?
    Matthew, Chapter 22: vs. 37: Jesus said unto him, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it. Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
    And, remember the words Jesus Christ said about the judgement that is to come: those on His right hand will be told “Come ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” and He tells them that they have done to Him what they have done for the least of these His brethren. But, to those on His left hand, He said, “Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire” and He tells them, “Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.”
    Our country is facing a reckoning that is not liberal or conservative, and not marxist or capitalist. We are facing the fact that our people are dying, our black and brown brothers and sisters are under attack, our children are hungry, our old people are homeless, the very land and oceans are suffering, along with all the wild creatures who were left in our care by God, and we, each one of us, as Christians, can make a difference. I am perishing for thirst of that message from our religious leaders and our communities. Think what we could do if we used this format to share little victories against the cruelties of our time. We will not prevail if we don’t LIVE the Christian message, my friends.

    1. Rachael, we live in tough times and the pain you express does you credit. But at this point I am afraid only the Cross will overcome. We are past the point where human effort to “make a difference” does little good. Especially if that ” difference” is ideologically determined.
      We need to all gain softer hearts as your example points to that will, by God’s grace create a larger space for Afro-Americans to enter the Church and become a greater force for evangelization as Fr. Moses Berry, Fr. Turbo Qualls, Fr. Paul Abernathy, Nun Katherine Weston and others are now striving to do on both fronts: working to soften hearts and to lead other Afro-Americans into the True Faith.
      Small in numbers but greatly blessed. With their example and prayers many more will be able to bear the shame of being called Christian as an epithet.
      Then the mercy of the Lord will prevail.

  20. Not denying any of the problems but the BLM solution and those like them will only make matters worse.

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