Protestants, I'm wondering how many of you pray for Catholics and/or Orthodox to be "kept at a distance" from the US (or whatever country)?
I'd like to think not very many of you do; but I had to ask because on another thread, an Orthodox posted this regarding Eastern Europe:
Keep them all in your prayers so that the secularists and Protestants are kept at a distance.
Apparently it's okay for Orthodox and Catholics to be there but not Protestants.
Nothing like good old-fashioned 'out of context' quote clipping. Several of us have engaged in this discussion with you at length on another thread. You should full well know that the provocative way in which you presented that comment is both disingenuous and intellectually dishonest. That thread is: Patriarch Kirill (MP) - Meeting with the Pope is Not Yet Possible http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,42729.0.html
Anyone reading the entirely of the replies therein starting with my original Reply #1 can see what my words were referring to (and were clearly intended as a rebuke to them) the Orthodox leaders in both Russia and Greece who complain on and on about twenty years old property disputes within the former USSR among the various Greek Catholic and Orthodox factions, while outside missionaries plow the fields of their flocks. I was suggesting that those of us truly interested in Orthodox and Eastern Christianity ought to resolve our own problems rather than sit by while prosthelytizing outsiders - mainly American Protestants - come into these lands to convert people while we argue on and on among ourselves.
To the extent that I may have alluded to Protestants as a whole, I apologize. That was overly broad and unfair. I will, however, reiterate my statement as it applies to many, including American evangelicals, Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons who are all active across east Europe.
This is, in the end, an Orthodox Christian discussion board, and those who are not Orthodox or Eastern Christians for that matter, should hardly be surprised if the focus of discussion here takes a position in opposition to those those who would state over and over again that 'we' easterners are neither Christian nor capable of salvation without the intervention of their missionaries.
I don't think it is amazing or even surprising that we Orthodox would seek protection in our prayers from those from those, even those who are probably well-intentioned, who would seek to drive us away from the True Faith and who share not our chalice in the profession of the One True Faith.
Don't we pray these words with each and every Liturgy celebrated across the globe? Such as in the first Litany: " Furthermore we pray for those who give offerings and do good works in this holy and venerable Church, for those who labor in its service, for those who sing, and for all the people here present who await Your great and abundant mercy, for those who have shown us kindness and for all Orthodox Christians."
and in the prayers of the Epikesis: "Furthermore we offer You this spiritual sacrifice for those who have fallen asleep in the Faith: forefathers, fathers, patriarchs, prophets, apostles, preachers, evangelists, martyrs, confessors, ascetics and for every righteous soul made perfect in the Faith. (Hebrews 12:23)."
and in the Amvon Prayer at the conclusion of the Liturgy: "O Lord, Who blesses those who bless You (Genesis 12:3) and sanctifies those who put their trust in You, save Your people and bless Your inheritance (Psalm 28:9), preserve the fullness of Your Church, sanctify those who love the beauty of Your House (Psalm 26), glorify them by Your divine might, and forsake us not who put our hope in You. Grant peace to Your world, to Your churches, to Your priests, to the honorable government of our country, its armed forces and to all Your people. For every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from You, the Father of lights (James 1:17), and to You we give glory and thanksgiving and worship, to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, always now unto ages of ages." http://aggreen.net/liturgics/C-R_Div_Lit.html