Your explanation is thoughtful and I thank you for it but what I’m getting at is that once religious leaders venture into politics in their official capacity and are perceived to be doing so there is a great danger that they will not only lose credibility amongst those who might otherwise give them approval but also that they might without realizing it turn into political animals themselves. And who amongst the electorate thinks politics is a noble occupation? Do you understand my reservations?
Yes. I share them. If Metropolitan Jonah (my primate) began endorsing and supporting certain politicians or political parties, I would be very
concerned, because that does wrap our church into the political landscape, where it does not belong.
However, to stand in solidarity with an organization on a single issue, which again is not for us a political issue but a religious one, I see that it may become a slippery slope, but as long as it remains just that, I don't see an issue.
I guess so. But what does “fillest all things” actually mean? It sounds like pantheism. That can’t be right.
No, it sounds like panentheism
, which is Orthodox, when understood correctly. God is not all things, but rather He fills all things. Creation is meant to be filled with the glory of God, understood in Orthodoxy as His energies
, which is understood, per the work of St. Gregory Palamas, as God. God is also God in essence
, which is His alone, and is never shared in with another. However, all things should be participatory in God's energies. This is what St. Peter meant when he wrote about us being "partakers of the divine nature". He says: "Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, according as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust." (1 Peter 1:2-4).