Greek politicians flirting with the Greek Orthodox Church (the faith, the clergy and the symbols) is not a new phenomenon. Numerous politicians on our party political scene (with the exception of those on the Left) always flirted with the Christian beliefs of the Greeks, their spiritual leaders, and Orthodox semantics during election periods (and sometimes beyond).
On their part, many Greek bishops did not ignore these flirtatious advances. They cultivated political friendships, they offered electioneering support to the candidates and always tried to elicit a flash of publicity from the political system and a had a shot at getting up on the podium of power and “prestige”.
This is all well known. Charm on one hand and ecclesiastical “sins” on the other. All of us saw it and most of us remained silent at the ridiculousness of it all. While the “Right of the Lord” (which was mobilized by the cunningly stupid political game of the episcopate) could have possibly kept the Lord laughing, in that the image that was depicted, showed that, aside from magnanimity, in its gaiety the God of Christianity should also have plenty of humour…
This was until yesterday. Because more flirting today adds a new component, which pushes the boundaries and puts the risk index of the Church into the red zone. Golden Dawn’s extreme right wing attempt to usurp the faith, the cassock and its symbols (from the participation of their members in icon processions to the comical image of its skinhead MPs who make statements about “honour of Our Lady,” even their latest championship of the much loved elder of the Orthodox faithful , the late Fr. Paisios) is not the same as the earlier quaint charm of our whistle-stopping politicians across the party spectrum. It is just as hypocritical and insincere but its also adds something new: it comes from people who stand, in express terms, ideologically at the antithesis of Christian teaching. Golden Dawn is ideologically opposed to the Gospel words “there is neither Jew nor Greek …” (Gal. 3.28). The outright rhetoric of hate bears no relation at all to the sermon of love and reconciliation. The ideology of racial supremacy, indicated by the Golden Dawn’s slogan “blood and honour” (inspired by Hitkler, in imitation of Blut und Boden) is the antithesis of what we find in the Old Testament where the patriarch Abraham is uprooted from his fatherland (Gen. 12.1), and counters the Christ of the New Testament who founds a new race and assembles His Church by breaking the bonds of family, blood and race (see, for example, Mark. 31-35 ˙ Mt. 8.11 and 8.22). And the primitive cult of fist-fighting also bears no relation to the ethos of “whoever slaps you on the right cheek, turn the left one also” (Mt 5,39 ˙ see also Rom. 12.17). To state that you are Christian, just to steal the votes of naive members of the Church is something we recognise from the past. However, to pretend to be a Christian, when your placement in public space is based on speech that is anti-Christ, is in another class and a dangerous phenomenon for the Church.
In terms of the Christian Faith, whatever contradicts the truth of Christ is the work of the devil, that is the one who divides, who wedges something between humans and the truth, in order to separate the former from the latter. Today, a political formation trying to do just that. Not to deliberately alienate the Christian faith – apparently Golden Dawn is not interested in the Christian faith, at all. However (and this applies to all those who care about the quality of our theological criteria) Golden Dawn propagates a demonic slander within the Church: that one be both a Christian and member of Golden Dawn
Church members have a duty to raise the alarm. A wolf has entered their flock…
[Not a great translation- but it was very idiomatic and translated quickly]