How Putin Taught Me a Lesson in Being Christ-like

Voices from Russia

00 Putin on the Holy Mountain

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On Tuesday, when Turkey ambushed and shot down a Russian Su-24, the world held its breath. Would this “stab in the back by the accomplices of terrorists”, as Putin stated it, trigger World War III? Despite Turkey’s insane act of war, Putin had no plans for starting a war against Turkey and its NATO accomplices. No doubt, Putin’s decision not to retaliate with military force sprang from political strategy. Yet, nevertheless, one can also see it as a self-sacrificial act. Putin and Russia received a major blow and chose to turn the other cheek, but not because Russia is weak, fearful, or incapable of responding with deadly force. However, Putin chose to defeat the greater evil of terrorism instead of taking revenge. Now, Putin invites his foes to coöperate to defeat the menace of terrorism. This is similar to Christ enduring the pain and shame of the cross to save the world. Russia seems to…

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