Metropolitan Church should try to build relations with any authority

© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Sysoeva in fotoreceptori Hilarion of Volokolamsk at the meeting of the Council of Federation of the Russian Federation. Archival photoMetropolitan Church should try to build relations with any authority© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Sysoeva the image Bank

The expression «all power is from God» cannot be interpreted in a simplistic way, but the Church should still try to build relations with any state authorities, said the head of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.

«If the government encourages evil, comes into open conflict with God, we can’t say that this power is God-sent. But we can say that it is allowed and that if this government is still the Church should be, she should still try to build some kind of relationship with this power,» said Metropolitan Hilarion at the presentation of the fifth book of his six-volume series, «Jesus Christ. The life and teaching» in the House of the book «Medvedkovo».

Answering a question from readers about whether the Soviet period in Russian history «providential», Hilarion reminded that the Apostle Paul, who lived in the pagan Roman Empire and suffered as a result of the persecution of Christians in his Epistles said that «all power is from God.»

«And the Apostle Paul, and the subsequent generations of Christians took the existing government in the Roman Empire as the power that is from God. How to understand this position? We know from the Church’s teaching that everything that happens in the world, is divided conditionally on two categories: that which corresponds to the will of God, and what is the will of God, but God for whatever reason it will suffer,» — said Metropolitan Hilarion.

When some people say «God», it is said the Hierarch, not quite right. «The will of God is not in all the will of God is good… And the apostles in their Epistles speak about why there is power on earth: it exists in order to encourage good and to punish evil,» — said Metropolitan Hilarion.

According to him, though for almost the entire 70-year period of existence in the Soviet state the Church was persecuted, she «never spoke with an open sermon directed against the government, calling for disobedience, but the very first months of Soviet power, when lawlessness was particularly evident and it was not clear that this power is here to stay».