I Peter 2: 13 Be ye subject therefore to every human creature for God’s sake: whether it be to the king as excelling, 14 Or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of the good. 15 For so is the will of God, that by doing well you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: 16 As free and not as making liberty a cloak for malice, but as the servants of God. 17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
And the instruction of St. Peter's colleague and equal in the Apostolate, St. Paul, to the Romans:
Romans 12;18 If it be possible, as much as is in you, have peace with all men. 19 Revenge not yourselves, my dearly beloved; but give place unto wrath, for it is written: Revenge is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord. 20 But if the enemy be hungry, give him to eat; if he thirst, give him to drink. For, doing this, thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head. 21 Be not overcome by evil: but overcome evil by good.
And God did repay the persecutors of His Church:
Of course, they also prayed for the Poles because not all of them are full of bigotry and arrogance.
Why did the Orthodox in the 1920's and 1930's feel to be Polish,
Why did the Polsudski regime tear down the Orthodox Cathedral. God repaid that as well
you can almost see Stalin's name still there. Many Poles said that they deserved it for getting rid of the beautiful cathedral.
I try to stay out of threads and debates where SynLeszka
is active because I feel that in some cases his postings can be quite needlessly provocative and inflammatory, as we can see above, and I find myself in disagreement with some of his arguments, again, like the above. Oh, I do agree with what you posted on Belarus. Now I am relatively new, and not that familiar with posting styles of members, but are you entertaining the idea that God perhaps punished the misdeeds of the interwar Polish government (in this context I will limit the misdeeds to how it relates to the Orthodox Church) with the Nazi invasion? Forgive me if I am wrong, or misunderstanding the meaning, but to me at least, the tone feels more malicious.
The Nevsky Cathedral was torn down between 1924-26 (I know at least it started in 1924, but not the exact end). By this time Piłsudski was not active in politics, having resigned as Chief of General Staff in 1923. That is not to say that further destruction of Orthodox Churches did not occur (it did), or that Piłsudski's legacy didn't continue to influence politics. In my opinion at least he is not directly responsible for the initiation of the destruction of the Nevsky Cathedral, though his regime from 1926, if the Cathedral was destroyed after May 26th of that year, may have overseen the final demolition.
I know I have flaws, biases and pride among them, but are Poles somehow more bigoted and arrogant than Belarussians, Russians, or Ukrainians? Perhaps that may be more of a subjective question though...