No doubt you have heard about the punk rock with the vulgar name that had three of their members sentenced to two years in a Russian prison for their actions in a Moscow cathedral. Since their arrest and subsequent sentencing, it seems like thousands of people are making the three criminals out to be heroes for their blasphemous behavior.
At one time, Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow was a central beacon for the Russian Orthodox Church. Russian Emperor Alexander I commissioned the cathedral in 1812 as a tribute to the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte. Approval of the plans took many years and the cathedral was finally opened and consecrated in 1883. In 1930, under the rule of Joseph Stalin, the cathedral was dismantled for the 20 tons of gold that had been used in the domes. In 1990, just one year before the fall of the Soviet Union, the Russian Orthodox Church was granted permission to rebuild the cathedral. It was completed and re-consecrated in 2000. It stands today not only as a Russian historical attraction, but as a central place of worship for the Russian Orthodox Church.
When the punk rock group entered the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in February, they proceeded to the front of the sanctuary and performed their crude and blasphemous song. Wearing ski masks or balaclavas as they are called in Russia, they gyrated around in front of the Holy Doors that lead to the altar. The song they were lip-syncing to implored Mary, the mother of Jesus to oust Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. The song was profane and completely disrespectful of the location they were in.
In many countries around the world, anyone who would have done what those girls did would have been shot for their outright blasphemous behavior. If someone did something like that in a Southern Baptist or Catholic Church here in America, they would most likely have been arrested for their profane conduct.
But instead of the world be incensed by the crude behavior, they have been rallying around the rock group and treating them as heroes. The White House, U.S. State Department and hundreds of celebrities across the U.S. has condemned the Russian court for sentencing the girls to two years in prison. The girls have become the victims of their own actions.
Virtually no one seems the least bit concerned for the real victim in all of this which is the Russian Orthodox Church. It was their building, their sanctuary that was victimized by the sacrilegious actions of the rock group. The profanity of what took place is inexcusable and has nothing to do with free speech. That kind of free speech would not be allowed in the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. or in the Capitol Building or Library of Congress or many other places in America, so why is everyone up in arms about the girl’s free speech rights being violated?
It’s because no one, especially the White House or the U.S. State Department and many of today’s celebrities have any respect for religion and churches. Our own government has been systematically removing the right of free speech from Christians ever since Obama took office. The only religious free speech they religiously guard is that of Muslims and no one else.
What has taken place in Moscow and the global repercussions are an indicator of how far people have fallen away from God and His statutes. And that, folks, scares me more than anything else in the world. Over and over we read in history where God brought His wrath down on nations and people that turned away from His ways. The scariest part is that when that has happened, even the faithful and righteous few also suffer the wrath levied on the nation. Look at Daniel and how was so faithful to God, yet he was taken into captivity and experienced horrors that we can’t even imagine. Read what happened to Daniel and then tell me you’re not concerned or afraid of God’s impending wrath. Think long and think hard and then get down on your knees and pray like you’ve never prayed before. Pray for our nation, our leaders and your families. Pray, pray and pray some more as that may just be your only ray of hope.
“O LORD, God of my salvation; I cry out day and night before you. Let my prayer come before you; incline your ear to my cry! For my soul is full of troubles, and my life draws near to Sheol.” Psalm 88:1-3.