Writing my last post on “objectivity” I was reminded of a Facebook post I read by Mykhailo Cherenkov, who I have read and respected for years. I think it’s relevant… and for those who wish to lead in a global sphere, or just be a helpful member in the global body of Christ, these words need to be taken to heart… So, with plain translation and no other comment:
I am not the only one in recent days who has recalled Job’s friends: intelligent, pious, respectable, cautious. They said everything just right. But he answered them: “What sorry comforters you are…”
Wise people are writing about what is happening in Ukraine from the US, Russia, Germany… the greater the distance, the easier it is to write. Pastoral letters are sent from comfortable offices. Everything is more or less correct, but not quite… Sorry words, sorry comforters.
When a coffin was carried past me, bearing one shot by a sniper, I understood that this requires a different answer, one which people who stand aside cannot give. We don’t need theodicy, we don’t need moralizing. We need compassion and sympathy, we need fellowship and collaboration. This requires leaving the zone of neutrality, even just one first step into reality – where there are cries, tears, danger, hope, and, amidst it all – God.