Posted Mar 20, 2022 by Michael L. Brown

I do not believe that Ukrainian President Zelensky is a perfect saint and that Russian President Putin is Satan incarnate. Nor do I believe that all Ukrainians are innocent and that all Russians are guilty. But when it comes to Russia’s war on Ukraine, I see no possible justification for Putin’s murderous actions, and in that sense, he is guilty and the people of Ukraine are innocent. Therefore, I stand with the people of Ukraine and against the actions of Putin. It is that plain and simple to me.

A friend sent me a video last week where the political commentator, Lara Logan, criticized Zelensky, reminding us of his past actions, which included appearing in a raunchy video dancing in high-heels and stilettos.

What does this have to do with the war in Ukraine? The message was clear: “Let’s not make this man into a saint!”

But who is making Zelensky into a saint? And what does this past, raunchy video, have to do with the slaughter of the people of Ukraine? Is he being any less courageous and heroic today because he did some stupid things in the past?

We know Zelensky was a foul-mouthed comedian who, quite surprisingly, became the president of his nation. And we know he does not hold to many of the traditional Christian moral values that are dear to many of us conservatives, including the rejection of same-sex “marriage.”

But, to repeat my question, what does this have to do with the slaughter of the people of Ukraine?

As a headline in Rolling Stone stated sarcastically (yes, I’m actually agreeing here with Rolling Stone), “Lara Logan: Zelensky Wore Leather Pants so Maybe the Russian Invasion Isn’t So Bad.”

“But,” someone is sure to protest, “Putin is against same-sex ‘marriage.’ And in 2013, the Duma voted 436-0 to ban ‘homosexual propaganda’ from the schools. It’s obvious God is with Russia, not Ukraine.” (Yes, I’ve actually heard arguments like this.)

Based on that logic, if Russia launched an invasion of the United States and started slaughtering our own children and women and men, we should stand with Russia.

Based on that logic, when Hamas terrorists build a tunnel underneath an Israeli kindergarten with a view towards kidnapping or killing the children, we should root for their success.

After all, aside from very religious Israeli Jews, the country as a whole is quite liberal, with legalized abortion and strong support for LGBTQ activism, including within the schools.

In stark contrast, Hamas holds to strict Islamic values, which include the absolute prohibition of homosexual practice.

Shouldn’t we, then, stand with Hamas (or Russia) rather than with Israel (or Ukraine)?

Let me answer that question with another question.

Let’s say you were a police officer on patrol when you saw a group of armed vigilantes marching towards a church building. And let’s say that you were also a Christian conservative, holding firmly to biblical values.

The marquee in front of the building announced the “marriage” of Samuel and Alan, and a rainbow banner was draped over the top of the marquee. Not only so, but this so-called “progressive” church boasted of its “inclusive” theological views, even holding ecumenical worship services with local Hindus and Buddhists.

As for these angry, armed vigilantes, since the Old Testament called for the death penalty for homosexual acts (along with adulterous, heterosexual acts), they were going to take the law into their own hands. They were going to barge into this sham wedding and start shooting.

As a police officer, what is your moral responsibility before God? It is to stop the vigilantes, even if you are morally repulsed by the so-called marriage. There is not the slightest question involved. The moral choice is clear.

It’s true that, at that moment, those two men getting “married” are doing something sinful in God’s sight. But they are not breaking any law in our country (even before the Supreme Court redefined marriage, a church could perform whatever ceremony it wanted to perform).

And, under no circumstances do any of us have the legal right to murder them for wanting to get married. God forbid. (Ironically enough, in the midst of their moral confusion, these two men might think they are doing what is morally right by tying the knot.)

It's the same with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. There is no moral justification for it, and that’s why we stand with the people of Ukraine, spots, blemishes, warts, and all.

Adolf Hitler also made strong appeals to Christian morals, saying things like this: “Today Christians ... stand at the head of [this country]... I pledge that I never will tie myself to parties who want to destroy Christianity .. We want to fill our culture again with the Christian spirit ... We want to burn out all the recent immoral developments in literature, in the theater, and in the press - in short, we want to burn out the poison of immorality which has entered into our whole life and culture as a result of liberal excess during the past ... (few) years.”

As Austin Cline pointed out on the Learn Religions website, “Adolf Hitler is often used as an example of what happens to a society when traditional Christian moral and social values are abandoned. In reality, one of the reasons why Hitler was so popular with conservative Christians in Germany was precisely because he promised to restore traditional morality. He opposed abortion, homosexuality, pornography, and just about everything else conservative Christians complained were ruining modern Germany.”

Yet there is absolutely no doubt that, when America stood with the allies to fight against Hitler and the Nazis, we were doing what was morally right. (And let’s remember that, at that time, segregation was still widely practiced in America, making us far from morally faultless.)

It’s the same with Russia and Ukraine. Let’s not complicate matters. What Putin is doing is wrong, murderous, and unjustifiable. That’s why we stand with Ukraine.

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european posted a comment · Mar 22, 2022
You have a firm opinion on a subject you do not know enough about. The war didn't broke out simply because of LGBT issues however these matters are not irrelevant. Also as a european I strongly suggest studying the history of your country deeper, especially the role of the US in the two world wars. You will be suprised a few times.
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Bibleman2000 posted a comment · Mar 21, 2022
I believe your take on the Ukrainian war is extremely biased because Zelinsky is Jewish and you’re Jewish. Plain and simple. Your analogies and comparisons to the US and Donald Trump are completely inaccurate. You defend a guy with questionable moral character who is advancing the LGBTQ movement, leftist politics, including abortion, yet you refuse to denounce him or excoriate him as you have done many times with Donald Trump. Why? Simple. Because Tump is not a Jew and Zelinsky is a Jew. You hold both of these flawed men to different standards because of your racial affiliation with the one and not the other. It is blatantly obvious. You believe Trump (who I’m not defending) has worse moral character than Zelinsky, yet despite his moral short comings, Trump stood with Israel to a fault only to be betrayed by Netanyahu later on, Trump stood against the transgender lobby in the military, he stood for freedom of religious expression. Trump also stood against the murdering of the unborn. Yet you still think he is of poorer moral character than Zelinsky—a man who comes out performing homoerotic dances in stilettos and leather bondage-type outfits with other men? Zelinsky who supports gay marriage and the entire LGBTQ agenda? Zelinsky who is pro murdering innocent defenseless children in the womb? You believe this to be superior moral character sir? You should be ashamed of yourself that you allow racial bias to compromise your judgment so severely! If their roles were reversed and Zelinsky and Trump swapped values, you would have never supported Trump, but would have lambasted, condemned, and denounced him as a person and as a politician! I can only wonder how much higher you would have exalted Zelinsky were he a pro lifer! You already call him a hero, an inspiration to humanity! You have disgraced your judgement sir! Secondly, you stated that it is morally bankrupt to believe that God could use Russia (who opposes the depraved and murderous values held in Ukraine) to judge that very same nation. How could this be when this is primarily the work of God in the Old Testament? You think God would take a pro LGBTQ, abortion, secularist nation to punish another LGBTQ, abortionist nation? As if Satan would ever cast out Satan! You are wrong again Dr. Brown! God would definitely take a nation that is not shedding innocent blood to punish those nations who do shed the blood of the innocent, along with their children! Go back and read how God instructed King Saul. If you do not agree, tell me then what other type of nation would God use? Now, I am not saying this is what is happening with the Ukrainian situation, all I’m saying is that we don’t know, but it is certainly a possibility! You on the other hand say it is absurd and morally bankrupt to believe that God could be working something out behind the scenes by using Russia to judge Ukraine. And you do this knowing full well what the Bible teaches us about how God has worked in the past! This is shameless on your part sir! You will never hold Jews and gentiles to the same standards of right and wrong and it is brazenly obvious. You will defend your people even when they’re clearly in the wrong, and you will deem any criticism leveled against them as hate mongering and anti-semitism! You have no problem assuming that God was silently working behind the scenes through Ester and Mordecai to bring about the slaughter of women and children—not just enemy combatants! More over, Ester and Mordecai had Haman’s ten sons slaughtered even though there is no reference that they ever did anything to the Jews! Ester goes on to call for the desecration of the dead bodies of those ten young men by hanging them on their father’s gallows! You believe all this is from God working secretly through Ester and Mordecai sir? But believing that God could be using Putin is morally bankrupt? Give me a break! Again, one standard for the Jews and another for the Gentiles. Continuing with Ester; when the Jews had successfully defended themselves against the day of Haman, Ester requested the king that the Jews should be allowed to massacre their enemies again on the following day! You believe God wanted a second day of massacring women and children? This you believe is the hand of God working behind the scenes—to kill more women and children of the adversaries to the Jews? This sits well with you? I’ll tell you why! It is because the innocent people being slaughtered are not the Jews. That’s why that had to be the work of God according to your interpretation! How absurd! But God cannot use Putin to make war on Ukraine secretly behind the scenes, because God would never stand for the killing of Ukrainian children and women? Do you see your egregious exegetical error and double standard for Jews and Gentiles? I don’t know how to make it any clearer. I know you will not dare respond to this commentary because there is no logical basis for you to do so! Zelinsky is a Jew and that is the cornerstone for you to formulate your defense of Ukraine. End of story.
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Bibleman2000 posted a comment · Mar 21, 2022
I believe your take on the Ukrainian war is extremely biased because Zelinsky is Jewish and you’re Jewish. Plain and simple. Your analogies and comparisons with the US and Donald Trump are completely inaccurate. You defend a guy with questionable moral character who is advancing the LGBTQ movement, leftist politics, including abortion, yet you refuse to denounce him or excoriate him as you have done many times with Donald Trump. Why? Simple. Because Tump is not a Jew and Zelinsky is a Jew. You hold both of these flawed men to different standards because of your racial affiliation with the one and not the other. It is blatantly obvious. You believe Trump (who I’m not defending btw) has a worse moral character than Zelinsky, yet despite his moral short comings he stood with Israel to a fault only to be betrayed by Netanyahu later on, Trump stood against the transgender lobby in the military, he stood for freedom of religious expression, yet you still think he is of poorer moral character than Zelinsky—a man who comes out performing homoerotic dances in stilettos and leather bondage-type outfits with other men? Zelinsky who supports gay marriage and the entire LGBTQ agenda? Zelinsky who is pro murdering innocent defenseless children in the womb? You believe this to be superior moral character sir? You should be ashamed of yourself that you allow racial bias to compromise your judgment so severely! If their roles were reversed and Zelinsky and Trump swapped values, you would have never supported Trump but would have lambasted, condemned, and denounced him as a person and as a politician! I can only wonder how much higher you would have exalted Zelinsky were he pro lifer! You already call him a hero, an inspiration to humanity! You have disgraced your judgement sir! Secondly, you stated that it is morally bankrupt to believe that God could use Russia who opposes the depraved and murderous values held in Ukraine. How could this be when this is primarily the work of God in the Old Testament? You think God would take a pro LGBTQ, abortion, secularist nation to punish another LGBTQ, abortionist nation? As if Satan would ever cast out Satan! You are wrong again Dr. Brown! God would definitely take a nation that is not shedding innocent blood to punish those nations who do shed the blood of the innocent, along with their children! Go back and read how God instructed King Saul. If you do not agree, tell me then what other type of nation would God use? Now, I am not saying this is what is happening with the Ukrainian situation, all I’m saying is that we don’t know, but it’s certainly a possibility! You on the other hand say it is absurd and morally bankrupt to believe that God could be working something out behind the scenes by using Russia to judge Ukraine. And you do this knowing full well what the Bible teaches us about how God has worked in the past! This is shameless on your part sir! You will never hold Jews and gentiles to the same standards of right and wrong and is brazenly obvious. You will defend your people even when they’re clearly in the wrong, and you will deem any criticism leveled against them as hate mongering and anti-semitism! You have no problem assuming that God was silently working behind the scenes through Ester and Mordecai to bring about the slaughter of women and children—not just enemy combatants! More over, Ester and Mordecai had Haman’s ten sons slaughtered even though there is no reference that they ever did anything to the Jews! Ester goes on to call for the desecration of the dead bodies of those ten young men by hanging them on their father’s gallows! You believe all this is from God working through Ester and Mordecai? But believing that God could be using Putin is morally bankrupt? Give me a break! Again standard for the Jews another for the Gentiles. Continuing with Ester; when the Jews had successfully defended themselves against the day of Haman, Ester requested the king that the Jews should be allowed to massacre their enemies on the following day. You believe God wanted a second day of massacring women and children? This you believe is the hand of God! to kill the women and children of the adversaries to the Jews? But God cannot use Putin to make war on Ukraine, because God would never stand for the killing of Ukrainian children and women? Do you see your egregious exegetical error and double standard for Jews and Gentiles? I don’t know how to make it any clearer. I know you will not dare and respond to this commentary because there is not logical basis for you to do so! Zelinsky is a Jew and that is the cornerstone for you to formulate your defense of Ukraine. End of story.
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Bill Hancock posted a comment · Mar 21, 2022
To be able to consider the morality behind this conflict we have to look at the entire conflict in the context of history. At the very least we should consider the history since the signing of the Minsk Accord. The spirit of that accord was that NATO was not going to be moving any further east into Europe. Eastern Europe was going to remain a buffer zone between the West and Russia. Here’s a question. Was it immoral for President Kennedy to put America on a war footing when Russia placed nuclear weapons in Cuba? Here’s another question. If Mexico pulled itself out of the North American free trade agreements and signed a free trade agreement with Russia how would America respond? But let’s take this one step further. Let’s say in this hypothetical, that not only did Mexico pull out of the free trade agreement, but it was also now being militarized by Russia. Russia was supplying Mexico with all kinds of missiles and military, and also courting Mexico to become part of a military alliance with Russia, and be aligned with Russia against the United States. All you’d hear on Mexican television and in Russia would be how America is a threat to Mexican sovereignty and they need to be militarized to protect themselves from American Imperialism. And though Mexico, in this scenario, not having actually joined in this military alliance with Russia, is allowing Russia’s allies to do military exercises on Mexican soil only hundreds of miles from the US border. Would it be immoral for the United States to act preemptively towards Mexico knowing that if there were Russian nuclear war heads and hypersonic missiles just on the other side of the Mexican border pointed north, the United States would not be able to mount any kind of adequate defence to protect the American people? It seems that people have a hard time seeing it just for the geopolitical situation that it is. Russia is insisting on a neutral Ukraine and they do not want to have a highly militarized Ukraine aligned with its enemies. And let’s be honest, as much as Russia may have in it’s history designs to rule over the Eurasian continent, Western powers have the same vision. In recent years they are really starting to tip their hand and we’re seeing that the European vision for global control is not one of inclusive liberal democracy. On the contrary, the vision that’s coming out of Europe is to do away with democracy, at least for the masses. Their goal is to have people like me and you own nothing and be happy. Beijing has its ideas, and so does Rome. So no one can really take the moral high ground on anyone here, and we have to look at it from a place of law. Under international law Russia has a right to protect itself against impending threats just as much as Kennedy felt a moral imperative to bring America to the brink of war against Russia in the Cuban missile crisis. I know it’s hard for us to get outside of our biases here but this war could’ve been prevented. It’s very apparent that the real victim here is the Ukrainian people. This nation is caught in the middle. The West was definitely part of a coup d’état that overthrew a duly elected Ukrainian president who fled to Russia. So now they’ve installed their western friendly guy. And a lot of people don’t realize this, but even President Zelenskyy has locked up his own political opposition and he’s also shut down any media that was opposed to him long before this war broke out. So Ukraine is not exactly a paragon of democracy. I could go on and on, but the reality of it is, Ukraine has been caught in the middle, and now has become a weapon to bludgeon Russia with. The West provokes Russia and they knew exactly what Putin would do if they continued down this road. He’s been warning for years and years and years. This is all by design and the real victims here are the people of Ukraine. This war could end really quickly with a neutral Ukraine. Sadly it may not be so easy to have Putin pull his military out of Ukraine at this point and he may feel he’s deserving out of compensation because of the assault that’s been launched against his economy. We are getting a lot of biased news which is very misleading. Essentially Ukraine is defeated. What the Ukrainian military has done is exactly what happens when the United States invades Middle Eastern countries. They’re defeated on the battlefield so they have fled into populated areas and turned it into urban warfare. So civilian casualties become inevitable when the military is hiding in the midst of apartment buildings and hospitals and schools. The Israeli government is very familiar with being in the situation. Ukraine can’t win this war. If this war continues it’s just going result in the destruction of the country. This should’ve never happened, and it would’ve never happened if the West had not have interfered in Ukrainian politics to begin with. What would be moral would be to allow the nation of Ukraine to have self-determination unfortunately the globalists aren’t down with that. I don’t think a person has to pick a side here. It’s complicated and a person has to acknowledge that some of Russia’s concerns are completely legitimate. With all the experts in foreign policy and all the think tanks in America, there is absolutely no way it is an anyway believable that they did not see this coming. They act surprised on the news, but this is what they were hoping for all along. Draw Putin into a war and then try to crush Putin through economics. It may work or it may just strengthen the east. I’d rather not find out. I’d rather see the powers of this world pushing for a peace summit and peace treaties, but it seems that the only one who’s seeking peace is President Zelenskyy and everybody else is trying to ratchet up this conflict. The war drums are beating and nothing brings all the the talking heads together like a war. There’s so much money to be made in a war as long as it’s not in your country. Western powers calculus really is if this works they will have caused Russia to bow to the globalist agenda and if it doesn’t work Ukraine is destroyed, many people are dead, and then Western taxpayers will basically be sticking their hands in their pockets in some form of a Marshall Plan to rebuild Ukraine. It’s immoral all the way around. It’s like if someone has a nasty pitbull in their yard and every day you go past that yard and you bug the dog and you make him bark can you mark them and you tease them and then one day he is so provoke he breaks through the fence. The dog chases you down and bites you. The dog will end up being destroyed, but the whole thing could’ve been prevented in the first place. We shouldn’t have been terrorizing the angry pitbull to begin with.
czarpaul posted a comment · Mar 21, 2022
And once we enter this conflict, and we will end up with no choice, we will fall with Ukraine. Putin is wrong but so is the West. Unfortunately the Ukrainian people are caught in the middle. This ends in fire!
OT posted a comment · Mar 20, 2022
God come through for Ukrainian people!