The global financial crisis has come to affect everyone around the globe in one way or another. The following article addresses some thoughts from Metropolitan Nikolaos of Mesogea and Lavreotiki. The information comes from an interview Metropolitan Nikolaos did with Pemptousia about the economic crisis and how it relates to the Orthodox Church.
According to Metropolitan Nikolaos, the economic crisis has forced us to think in a different way. We may even find ourselves returning to more fundamental ways of life like keeping hens or gardens, returning to nature to see what it provides instead of thinking how the public sector thinks. In this way we are moving our minds out of their apartments and into the yard, so to speak.
Now that our perceived sense of worldly permanence has gone away, we are left with a void. The economic crisis is not the concern of the Church Fathers, like Metropolitan Nikolaos, but rather the crisis of faith is the concern for them. Somehow we have pushed God away and that is where the trouble truly began. The society that was made in years prior to the economic crisis was that of a society without God. This created a moral decline that preceded the economic fall. Metropolitan Nikolaos says:
There is especially a tragedy regarding the faith in Greece. We can’t just shrug off something that’s the faith, which has been the leaven in our history, part of our everyday speech, our life, our identity. We can’t allow the most basic gene in our make-up to be removed.
Our trust in God seems to have been transferred to an acceptance of ideas. In many cases we have adapted a worldly sense of hope in the place of our Godly sense of hope and Metropolitan Nikolaos believes this is why the crisis is happening. Yet we have a crisis in the Church as well because we are not making the right use of our traditions. Still our hope lies within the church, we have to return to the hope in God and become focused on our Christological center in order to regain stability in life. There is an answer to the economic constraints and it lies in the simplicity of a life in the church.
Metropolitan Nikolaos says, “Its time we woke up. We can. This is our mother tongue, it isn’t something foreign.”
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