The Voice of Protestantism Is Badly Needed in World Forums

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The Voice of Protestantism Is Badly Needed in World Forums


Byline: Georgie Anne Geyer

Over the years, as a journalist working in many societies, I have often found hints about where people are going -- or not going -- in the most unusual places.

So it was that when Ukraine's promising President Petro Poroshenko, the besieged country's impressive former chocolate king, came to the U.S. in September, his visit quietly revealed trends that could change the future.

It was not only his thoughts about Ukraine's younger generations -- he told journalists here that only 47 percent of the older generations support NATO, but 84 percent of the younger ones do -- that was so hopeful and interesting.

What gripped my attention were his amazing words expressed earlier at home. The president actually issued a decree in late summer calling for the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in order to reaffirm "the enormous contribution of Protestant churches and religious organizations ... and to express respect for their role in Ukrainian history."

PROTESTANTS? Yes, of course, now that someone mentions it, 2017 will indeed be the 500th anniversary of that fateful day, Oct. 31, 1517, when the angry German monk Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the castle church of Wittenberg in Germany, thus challenging an increasingly corrupt Roman Catholic Church.

But, today? Frankly, if I were not a Protestant, I might say in sad jest that I was wondering where the Protestants were anymore. I read five newspapers a day, plus dozens of magazines and journals from all over. Yet, the word "Protestant" is barely to be found in that public arena.

Where ARE they? Where, the weathered old wisdom of the Reinhold Niebuhrs? Where, the unique ability of Presbyterians, Congregationalists or Methodists to help form humane economic organizations that are exactly what the world is calling for today? Where, when the world began to collapse in unending wars in the Middle East, was their voice? I know there are brilliant men and women in the Protestant seminaries and pulpits, but there is no Protestant sensibility evident in the public square.

While Christians are being persecuted, burned to death and murdered all over the Middle East, Christians here seem to be consumed by a hopeless debate over the unanswerable question of whether Islam is a religion of peace.

But back to Ukraine: President Poroshenko described as "one of the huge achievements of Ukrainians the creation of the Ukrainian Council of Churches," which allows the government to ensure cooperation in promoting peace and harmony between different faiths. …

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