Christians Who Have Experienced Communism See Lockdowns as Religious Persecution

A lot has been said and written about the Covid-19 lockdowns and their lack of effectiveness. Figures from Sweden and Belarus, two countries that have not been locked down, prove this. It should be evident to everyone now that these counter-productive measures have produced but one result: expanding government’s reach and making people more dependent upon government by destroying small businesses. It is utterly destructive economically and the elites know this. 

One of the most ridiculous aspects of this lockdown is the fact that people have been allowed to go to the Supermarket but not church or work – yet no one has bothered to explain why it is more dangerous (for most people) to go to work or attend church than to buy groceries. The fact of the matter is that (inter)national lockdowns don’t work against coronaviruses – as Tucker Carlson, citing a variety of studies, recently explained.  

One telling story in the midst of all of this is the witness of a couple of Russian Orthodox clergy who have drawn parallels between the lockdowns and Christian persecution under Bolshevik rule. As Russian Orthodox priest, Vladimir Vigilyansky, describes it:

“If there is such a humiliating attitude toward the church and its congregation, then that’s nothing new for us. We have suffered worse persecution in the 20th century, when at least 100,000 clergymen were killed. Killed, shot, put in gulags. We got through that.” 

Many Russian Christians, who have actually lived through communist rule, consider what we are experiencing now with the closure of churches as a form of religious persecution against Christians. That is why many Churches in former communist countries like Russia and Georgia simply continue to violate lockdown orders. 

There was a realistic measure Western governments could take to stop this disease from spreading to their nations: closing the borders in time. But because of political correctness, governments were hesitant and by the start of February it was already too late.

Our Lord Jesus Christ once asked the apostle Peter if rulers should tax their own people or rather generate income through import tariffs. Peter wisely replied that they should rather levy import tariffs, which Christ affirmed with the words: “Then the children [of the land] are free.” This conversation related to taxes but it teaches us a vital truth a good friend reminded me of recently: a nation without external borders will necessarily create more internal ones. I’m not a libertarian. I don’t believe the state should be abolished. I believe the state is a divinely ordained institution with a vital role to play. I’m also not against the targeted quarantine of the sick and vulnerable. What I do oppose is what we in the West have experienced over the past two months and are still experiencing now: governments, reluctant to close their borders in time because of political correctness, effectively destroying the economy and seizing the means of production under the veil of trying to “flatten the curve”. These national lockdowns that we have experienced and continue to experience are both ineffective and tyrannical.

I believe the plague in itself can be viewed as a chastisement from God on an apostate West, but the lockdowns certainly are – they are making us all poorer and more dependent upon the state. If there is one message all of us should take from this horrible situation we find ourselves in, is that of Deuteronomy 28: God will destroy what is left of our civilization and liberties if we refuse to repent as nations of the West and continue to refuse to honor Him.

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