Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia in exclusive interview to Interfax-Religion correspondents Alexey Sosedov and Valentina Trubetskaya answers question: Please, name the main threats for Russia.
— I think that the main threat for Russia is loss of faith, rejecting faith as people’s conscious choice. Not under pressure as in the Soviet times, but voluntary contempt of the Heavenly Kingdom for the sake of vanity and illusionary attractions of the earthly kingdom.
Unfortunately, there are signs of this process. For the sake of comfort and joys people refuse following moral norms. Thus, gradually, limits of sin and righteousness are washed away. And what was considered unworthy of a person: alcoholism, drug-addiction, lust, prostitution, homosexuality become norm. Society has always suffered vices, but today as in times of Roman and other civilizations decay they were considered socially approved. In result the institute of traditional family is collapsing. Rooted in sins, man lives in passions and doesn’t want to hear a sermon about Christ as acceptance of the Gospels commandments demands him to reconsider his behavior, to change himself, to make a spiritual effort to overcome imperfection. Eventually, there’s a real danger of rejecting Christ, rejecting the Orthodox faith. If it happens to us, we can speak about the end of our national history. If there’s no faith — there’ no Russia.
And «faith without works is dead» (Jacob 2:26).We are especially urged to remember it when celebrating the Nativity of Christ and I congratulate you on the feast. The Nativity of the world’s Savior is the event that has changed the history of humanity — it is an example of divine indulgence to people, to all of us. Let us, following the Lord Jesus Christ, share joy of the feast with those who need help. Our Christian joy about Newly Born Divine Baby won’t be full, if we don’t extend the helping hand to those, who need it.