European Union integration is a big dream for some and a frightful ghost for others, because it promises to bring material prosperity, and moral decadence that will destroy the basic values of society. In this article I want to present this phenomenon from my perspective, as a priest and to express my thoughts that I have on how we can save our Christian values in the process of European integration.
What are Christian values?
Before we talk about preserving Christian values, it is necessary to give a definition of them. It seems that people often confuse general human values with the Christian ones. Being in the ministry of Christ I had the opportunity to proclaim the Gospel and to teach God’s Word to people from different countries of the world. I saw that lying is condemned by Buddhists, the Hindus, Muslims, etc. So, honesty is a value that describes all these religions and they are general human, because even those who are not followers of a certain religion respect honest people, or at least set value on this quality. We could continue this list of values that are characteristic for many religions of the world and are generally human. These values are part of the Christian faith, but they are not the essence of Christianity. The main Christian values are defined in the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. And the foundation on which all these values are built is faith in Jesus Christ that brings a new birth through the proclamation of the Gospel. So, our question is how will the value of the Holy Scriptures and the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ be observed in the process of European integration?
The European Union was born in times of apostasy
Europe lived times of spiritual awakening until the fall of the West Roman Empire and another spiritual awakening at the end of the Middle Ages, during the Reformation. Especially towards the end of twentieth century and the beginning of XXI century churches in Europe pass through a period described by the apostle Paul so, when he warned his disciple, Timothy:
But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these. (2 Timothy 3:1-5)(NASB)
The power of godliness is God’s Word when it is studied, believed and lived by people through the power of God. My friends from Great Britain and Netherlands told me that when they tried to say something from the Holy Scriptures, people didn’t want to hear, and this happened to the nations that were and are claiming to be Christian. It is not a secret that church buildings are empty during services and they come to a level that they are not able to cover the costs of maintenance. Then, they are forced to sell these buildings that become shops, restaurants and others casinos and nightclubs. This apostasy has been confirmed again at the foundation of the European Union, when the Name of God was not accepted in the European Constitution, or to recognize the role of the church and Christianity in the development of Europe. This was an impertinent way to ignore and attack Christian values.
The European Union exports apostasy
Moldova is not part of the European Union, and it is not even known when it will become, but the export of apostasy from Europe is ongoing. The Homosexual Organization Gender-Doc-M is the one that at the moment attacks the Christian values and general human of our nation. Now they do their utmost to get a non-discrimination law that would introduce the term “sexual orientation” so that they can then tease everybody, can imprison the priests and all those who would not accept them when they shared their indecency. On the official website of this organization, it is written that the site “was created with the support of the Norwegian Embassy (Bucharest), Royal Netherlands Embassy (Kiev) and the British Embassy (Chisinau). Today, our funders are Cordaid, Sida and the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights. “
I just wanted to draw your attention that the European Union began to methodically destroy the Christian values of our country and to export apostasy long time ago. The Holy Scripture says in this regard:
The wages of the righteous is life, the income of the wicked, punishment. (Proverbs of Solomon 10:16)(NASB)
The European Union is a mission field
Centuries ago the countries from the Western Europe sent missionaries to all countries and had a huge impact on spreading the Gospel message in the world, today these countries are a mission field that requires an urgent involvement of Christians around the world by proclaiming the Gospel and making disciples. The reality shows that the greatest attention of missions and churches around the world is directed towards the window 10/40 which is considered to be the area less evangelized in the world. It is true that we must do mission in the countries of the 10/40 window and I think with much joy of those many brothers and sisters from Moldova who work with dedication in the countries of this window, so that the Gospel is shared more and more. It is not the same with the countries of Western Europe, where, unfortunately, the apostasy forwards. It is an urgent need to focus on sending missionaries who will proclaim the Gospel and make disciples in Europe.
In the next article I will come to give more details how Christian values are challenged by the European Union and what I think we have to do to keep Christian values in our country and throughout Europe.
Translated by Felicia Djugostran