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The issue of migration and Christian missionary work is discussed in Sweden today. — Should we open our borders for the great flood of migrants/refugees from countries were there is war and persecution, regardless if some “persecutors” are hiding in the crowd ?

– Or should we as Christians see them as an opportunity to share our testimony about Christ, rather than as a potential threat for our society?

For this reason I wrote the following text,first in swedish, with a long quotation from Acts 22. Maybe it is relevant for an english blogosphere as well..

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Refugees on their way – whither?

The issue of migration and missionary work may certainly stir up some furious reactions.

How “stir up furious reactions”? There is at least one telling example of this in Acts, in the 22nd chapter, where Paul was given the opportunity to speak to the people in Jerusalem:

 

Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defence which I make now unto you. (And when they heard that he spake in the Hebrew tongue to them, they kept the more silence: and he saith,)

I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day. And I persecuted this way unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women. As also the high priest doth bear me witness, and all the estate of the elders: from whom also I received letters unto the brethren, and went to Damascus, to bring them which were there bound unto Jerusalem, for to be punished.

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That Ukrainian Orthodox distance themselves from the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch does not sound so strange, considering the Russian-Ukrainian conflict nowadays. But we are talking about those Ukrainian Orthodox that until today have been under the Moscow Patriarchate ! Not those who are under the Kiev Patriarchate.

In the days have thus been held a gathering where some emotional reactions, but also church consistent views have been noticed. The subject of indignation is the meeting between Patriarch Kirill and Pope Franciscus at the airport in Havana February 12, and especially the Joint Declaration that was signed by both church leaders there. The Moscow Patriarchate Orthodox residents in Ukraine feels apparently completely misguided, and categorizes the things they suffered, as “..worse than during the communist era,” and they compares the Patriarch’s actions with Judas’ betrayal.

Parts of a performance can be heard on the clip below. It is Bishop Longin who speak, and some sentences I’ve translated into english – see below clip!

 

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(source: Meduza )
“Ilim”, a pro-Moscow separatist in Lugansk in eastern Ukraine, was never called as a witness in the trial against the Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko, which yesterday – 22/3 – was on the second day of the Reading of the verdict, the day when also the sentence – 22 years in prison – was pronounced. Yes, she was considered guilty, according to the judges, of acting as coordinator for fire which lead to the death of two Russian journalists on June 17, 2014.

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“Ilim’s” data is completely at odds with the prosecution, but proving wholly or partially in favor of the defense.

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