How to behave as a Christian in this difficult time for Moldova?

What happened on the 7th of April has never happened before in Moldova. I haven’t ever thought that the indignation of a peaceful and quiet nation can come to the point that the crowd looked angrily and was pleased how those two buildings of the Parliament and Presidency were burning and being devastated. I had such a great pain in my heart while I was looking at what was happening. I met there, in the square some other Christians who were also concerned and did not know how to behave. Here are some things we are indebted and waited to do in these difficult times.

Inquire and do not believe the lies

It is very difficult to understand now who is guilty, that’s why, be very attentive and don’t believe the lies that are spread. Inquire and judge well before you make any conclusion. I watched very attentively the reportages of JurnalTV that presented the negotiations between the leaders of opposition and the President Voronin, the representatives of communist government, then I looked at the press conference where Serafim Urecheanu, Marian Lupu, Dorin Chirtoaca and Vlad Filat participated. The leaders of opposition didn’t have access to radio and TV, and the government spread rumors that they organized those actions of protest.

Don’t follow the crowd to do evil

The crowd spirit is very dangerous and it affects one badly, making him ready to commit any crime. Those who devastated the buildings of Presidency and Parliament have no excuse, because there was no one to reply to what they asserted. God wrote a commandment in the Holy Scripture that says:

You shall not bear a false report; do not join your hand with a wicked man to be a malicious witness. You shall not follow the masses in doing evil, nor shall you testify in a dispute so as to turn aside after a multitude in order to pervert justice. (Exodus 23:1–2)(NASB)

Continue to pray

This is the power of Christians, that is not known by others, but which we have experienced and experience day by day. Some of those who protest began to make the necessary change in the country without thinking or appealing to God, who said:

Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labors; for He gives to His beloved even in his sleep. (Psalm 127:1–2)(NASB)

If we do not come to God to ask for help and victory, if we act as a nation without caring about His will, we may realize that we have established a greater evil after these events, such as dictatorship. That’s why, let us pray and have a spirit of prayer for the country. Let us pray that God may thwart the plans of the evil, because the silence of the government is too suspicious while those two buildings were devastated. Tell all your friends, come and pray with your families, neighbors, with the whole church, because many will go to the square, I urge them to create small groups and to pray among people for them and to invite them to pray with you.

Realize the real cause of misfortune

It is true that there are many reasons that led to this disaster we live today, but our sins, of the whole nation, are the main cause, as God says in the Holy Scripture:

But this people has a stubborn and rebellious heart; they have turned aside and departed. They do not say in their heart, ”Let us now fear the LORD our God, who gives rain in its season, both the autumn rain and the spring rain, who keeps for us the appointed weeks of the harvest.” Your iniquities have turned these away, and your sins have withheld good from you. For wicked men are found among My people, they watch like fowlers lying in wait; they set a trap, they catch men. Like a cage full of birds, so their houses are full of deceit; therefore they have become great and rich. They are fat, they are sleek, they also excel in deeds of wickedness; they do not plead the cause, the cause of the orphan, that they may prosper; and they do not defend the rights of the poor. Shall I not punish these people?’ declares the LORD, ’On a nation such as this shall I not avenge Myself?’ (Jeremiah 5:23–29)(NASB)

Tell others to know that the main cause of the misfortunes we pass through are our sins as a nation.

Call people to repent

When his country was passing through a very great trial because of the sins of the people, the prophet Jeremiah prayed for his nation so:

Elders are gone from the gate, young men from their music. The joy of our hearts has ceased; our dancing has been turned into mourning. The crown has fallen from our head; woe to us, for we have sinned! Because of this our heart is faint, because of these things our eyes are dim; because of Mount Zion which lies desolate, foxes prowl in it. You, O LORD, rule forever; your throne is from generation to generation. Why do You forget us forever? Why do You forsake us so long? Restore us to You, O LORD, that we may be restored; renew our days as of old, unless You have utterly rejected us and are exceedingly angry with us. (Lamentations 5:14–22)(NASB)

Let us follow the example of Jeremiah to call all our nation to repentance and to pray for the repentance of our nation. God help us this!

Translated by Felicia Djugostran