Assisi. 2 Aug. INTERFAX – Known representative of the Russian old believers believes that the Orthodox Church stands today, as in the days of the Byzantine Empire to become the conductor of advanced economic and social models.
“The task of the Church in the economic sphere, that is, in overcoming poverty consists in the introduction of Christian economic models. (…) In the time of Emperor Constantine the Great the Church made Christianity, in modern language, a “global brand” is not violence and cheap propaganda, and an example of a more modern social models and technologies”, – said the Executive Director of the Foundation of St. Gregory the theologian, permanent Committee member of old-belief parishes in the Moscow Patriarchate Leonid Sevastyanov held in Assisi (Italy) conference “the Church in the face of wealth, poverty, and depletion of natural resources”.
According to L. Sevastyanov, the Church ought not to close their banks declaring its economic insolvency, but rather to open them on a new basis, introducing Christian moral principles in its banking operations.
“The Church needs to pay attention to modern technologies and opportunities, implementation of which calls of people in their capabilities, for example blockchain technology: creating banks, insurance companies and stock exchange based on blockchain technologies, the Church needs to create a pharmaceutical company, where he developed not only advantageous from the point of view of profit medicines, but those that are necessary to society,” she said.
In the opinion of L. Sevastyanov, the Church will make the world a “more moral and more fair,” proving the usefulness and value of its moral teachings.
Finally, he says, the Church should fight not with wealth, but with the artificially created barriers and all kinds of lobbies that prevent people from “lobby” to participate in a competitive economic process.
“God’s design for the world embodied not through the universal “egalitarianism”, and through allowing all people equal opportunities to realize their potential, regardless of their place of birth. And only the Church can give it,” – said Leonid Sevastyanov.
According to him, the current legislation of Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Kazakhstan and other former Soviet States allow the Church to establish their own credit institutions, insurance and pension funds and other enterprises to actively create jobs, not limited to traditional fundraising and searching for sponsors.
“Economic passivity of the Church, its dioceses, monasteries and parishes rightly perceived by secular society as the pursuit of “parasitic” mode of management, which not only affects the spiritual state of “professional” clergy, but provokes a marked decline in the authority of the Church in society, similar to what was observed in the early twentieth century, on the eve of the Russian revolution”, – says Leonid Sevastyanov.
In his view, the Church is called to stop the promotion of poverty, which only increases the suffering of the poor. To illustrate his words, he gave the example of when a Church leader “for PR” refuses to ride in the Mercedes, choosing a car of another brand, although concern “Mercedes” employs thousands of workers, who support their families, and on the other hand, the company invests in the development of new technologies, which eventually somehow make life easier and the poorest.
Thus, says Leonid Sevastyanov, the task of the Church in the modern economic environment is to stimulate creative activity of their children and of all people in the multiplication of talents, which” combines the multiplication of the spiritual and the material”.
The “left” post-Christianity often finds sin in wealth in and of itself, while sin is a wrong attitude to wealth or misuse it as well as the obstacles that build for others to acquire it. Those Church ideologues who speak of “the Evangelical ideal of poverty,” consciously or unconsciously serve the interests of business circles, interested in the monopolization of the world economy, the restriction of competition and free access to all people seeking to increase their talent to the business activity”, – says Leonid Sevastyanov.
Just as Marxist propaganda “universal equality” led to the multiplication of poverty and suffering, corrupt propaganda “Evangelical poverty” leads to social passivity, the abandonment of their God-given talents, and moral and psychological degradation of the individual,” he added.