By Paul Hair
Clash Daily Guest Commentator
A world leader recently gave a speech in which he stood up for morality and pointed to the Church as a moral leader for his nation. So who was this person? Was it the Pope or an American mega church pastor? No. It was Russian President Vladimir Putin and the world should pay attention to his words.
Reuters reported the following:
“We know there are ever more people in the world who support our position in defense of the traditional values that for centuries have formed the moral foundation of civilization,” he said, putting “traditional family values” top of the list.
He called for unity among ethnic groups, greater patriotism and attempts to increase the population. Families with three children . . . should be the norm, he said. . . .
The same Reuters article also noted that, “He has portrayed the Church as a moral guide for” the nation.
Who would have ever thought that the world would have to turn to a Russian leader to hear the clear truth about morality? (Putin’s comments about traditional values and the moral foundation of civilization were in response to the increasing international pressure to sodomize Russia just as has been done with Western nations.) Who would have thought that a former KGB officer would unapologetically stand up for morality and the value of the Church in a fashion that few, if any, notable U.S. or Western Christians would do?
This isn’t the first time Putin has made such remarks and the world should pay attention to what is happening.
Still, this doesn’t mean that Putin is the newest Christian leader or even primarily interested in doing the right thing.
For instance, Russia still suffers from a demographics problem. The atheistic Soviet Union created a nation plagued by abortion, drunkenness, and general decay that devastated the population. Russia has made strides in reversing that decay but it still must deal with the Soviet legacy which continues threatening the long-term future of Russia.
Putin knows this and he likely promotes marriage, morality, and child-bearing at least as much for the sake of Russian survival and national security as he does for the sake of doing the right thing.
Yet the fact that Putin can see that marriage, morality, and bearing children are important to national security and survival is very telling. After all, the West now sees these things as detrimental — things that supposedly harm the environment and women, and so-called global health. So there is certainly something positive about this aspect of Putin.
But there are negative things about Putin as well. Read what I wrote in, “Snowden, Greenwald, and Media Mislead on the Intelligence Community and Virtual Worlds.” Putin is running an anti-American subversion and espionage campaign using the new heroes of the left and right—Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden — to do his bidding.
So what can be learned from Putin and his remarks supporting morality? There are at least three things.
First, his straightforward stance on virtue makes American and Western Christian leaders look cowardly by comparison.
Secondly, Putin’s words, while morally correct, should be viewed cautiously and he should be understood to be a president whose actions are guided by what he believes will benefit Russia. In other words, his support for morality might be more pragmatic than an actual interest in doing the right thing.
Finally, Americans and Westerners who still believe in morality should realize that there might be a point of commonality between them and a sizable portion of the Russian population (which undoubtedly shares Putin’s expressed views on morality). And they might want to begin reaching out to them.
This might not seem like an important thing now but with things rapidly changing in the U.S. and West, it might be important soon in the future — especially since those who won’t submit to the same-sex agenda in the U.S. now must fear being sent to jail.
Image: Courtesy of: http://www.purotip.com/2012/03/putin-otra-vez-presidente-de-rusia.html
Paul Hair honorably served in the U.S. Army Reserve as a non-commissioned officer; he is veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has worked as a civilian in both the government and private sectors. His writings have appeared at various websites. Paul now runs The Security and Culture Intelligencer website (http://scintelligencer.blogspot.com/) and is an independent consultant for Wikistrat, a strategic analysis and forecasting network. Connect with him at the S&CI website and on Twitter at @PaulHair1.