Church Leaders from Southern Ukraine Call on Citizens to Wake Up!
The clerics of Christian Churches in Odesa who came together January 25, 2014, for a joint prayer for the unity of the Christian world and for peace in Ukraine appealed to all citizens of Ukraine to wake up!
“Nobody will just bring us happiness: not from the East or from the West! We are responsible for ourselves! Do not stand aside from the developments taking place in the country. Do not find yourself in spiritual blindness and illusion. Do not be objects but subjects of history who create it,” say the Ukrainian clergy.
“Today we are all participants – not witnesses but partakers! – in the tragic events that have engulfed our country. Many compatriots – including our parishioners – naively believe that everything that happens in the country does not concern them. This is big mistake! We are all responsible for one another.
“Each one of us contributed to the destabilization that has engulfed our society. In the Scripture there is the concept of a ‘measure of iniquity,’ which when filled can anger the Lord. The measure is filled when officials take bribes, when judges render unjust decisions, when each of us acts not according to our conscience, but for a profit. When the higher power creates conditions for such a system to flourish in the country. The measure is filled when the politicians in favor of their interests shake the stability of society….
“We especially encourage the local elites – political, cultural, intellectual, social: do not rock the boat in which you sit. Do not think that the current conflicts are careless political games. That the wave will not carry you away. That it will pass by your house or that you will have time to escape. It will not pass by and you will not escape. It will carry us all away if we do not reach out to each other, if we are not willing to change the rules of our life – private and public – to be in accordance with God's laws.
“The inviolability of human life, willingness to negotiate and make concessions, the ability of the strong to hear the voice of the weak, the majority taking care of the minority, respect for one another and openness to change – that's what should be our guide for action these days.
“And the awareness that we are one family and that we live in the same home – Ukraine.”