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An answer to a Priest about the World Crisis – by St. Nikolai (Velimirovic)

August 27th, 2009 by Fr. Vasile

Orthodox PriestYou ask me O man of God where did todays crisis come from and what does it mean? Who am I to be asked about such a great thing? You should only speak when what you have to say is better than silence says St. Gregory the Theologian. And even though I believe that silence would be better right now I will give you my opinion on it for the sake of my love for you.

Crisis is a Greek word and it means judgment. In the Holy Scripture this word is used many times. The Psalmist says therefore the godless will not stand up in judgment (Ps. 1: 5). In another place it says I sing of mercy and judgment (Ps. 101: 1). Wise Solomon writes the judgment of all comes from the Lord (Prov. 29: 26). The Savior Himself said that the Father has given all judgment to the Son and later now is the judgment of the world come (John 5: 2 1: 31). Apostle Peter writes for it is time that the judgment of Gods house begin (1 Pet. 4: 17).

Replace the word judgment with crisis and read therefore the godless will not stand up in crisis – I sing of mercy and crisis – toe crisis of all comes from the Lord – the Father has given all crisis to the Son – now is the crisis of the world come – for it is time that the crisis of Gods house begin.

So far European nations have used the word judgment in¬stead of crisis whenever some trouble fell upon them. Now the old word is replaced with the new – the understandable with the incomprehensible. When there was a drought people would say Gods judgment! When there was a flood Gods judgment!

When there was a war or a plague Gods judgment! When there was hail earthquakes pests mice and other troubles again and every time Gods judgment! And that means – crisis through droughts crisis through floods through wars plagues etc. Todays financial-economic trouble is also considered by the people to be Gods judgment but they dont say judgment but crisis. So that the trials are multiplied through confusion! For when we used an understandable word judgment we also under¬stood the cause of the trouble; we knew the judge who allowed the trials; and the goal of the trial was also known. However as soon as we used the word crisis a word incomprehensible to all and every one nobody knows how to explain anything – why where from to what end? That is the only difference between todays crisis and those crises of drought flood war plague insects or other pestilences.

Do you ask me about the cause of todays crisis or todays judgment of God? The cause is the same forever and ever. The cause of droughts floods plagues and other whips of mankind is also the cause of todays crisis: apostasy of the people. The people have caused this crisis by the sin of apostasy and God has allowed it in order to awaken the people that they might come to their senses become more spiritual and return to Him. Through modern sins comes modern crisis. God really did use modern means to put some sense into modern people – He struck the banks the stock markets finances and currencies. He has overturned the tables of the exchangers around the world just as He did a long time ago in the Temple in Jerusalem. He has created an unprecedented panic among the merchants and money exchangers. He lifts casts down stirs confuses frightens. All to make the wise little heads of European and American wise men wake up come to their senses and become more spiri¬tual. So that being anchored in the harbors of material security they might remember their souls; confess their transgressions and bow down to the Almighty God – the Living God.

How long will the crisis last? As long as the peoples spirit remains unchanged. Until those haughty people who caused this crisis capitulate before the Almighty. Until the peoples and nations remember to translate the incomprehensible word crisis into their own languages so that they May say Gods judgment! You also honorable father ought to say Gods judgment instead of crisis and everything will be clear.

Greetings and peace to you.

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