Fear and Scorn

The cypress is green in both summer and winter …
Beware … of two sins: fearing sinners and scorning sinners. For your greenness will vanish like the greenness of a willow … And your humility will become arrogance. And sinners will call your their namesakes.
You who are righteous: sin is weakness, and to be afraid of sinners is to be afraid of weaklings. A sinner is terrified of the dead righteous man within himself, and twice as terrified of a living righteous man outside himself.

You who are righteous, sin is a sickness, and to despise sinners is to scorn the sick. He who gives of His own health to the sick, multiplies his own health. Scorning sinners undermines the health of one who is healthy.
Sin sits at the table of those who are afrid to sit at the table of a sinner. Sin enters the home of those who are afraid to enter the home of a sinner. Whoever turns back from his way, in order to avoid meeting a sinner, returns home laden with sin.

O compassionate Heavenly Mother of God, protect all those who have set out on the way of righteousness, lest they fear sinners and lest they scorn sinners.
Lest their fear make them God-betrayers, and lest their scorning of sinners make them manslayers.
Lest their quasi-righteousness be merely a pinnacle, from which they will fall even further downward to their destruction.

St. Nicolai Velemirovich, Prayers by the Lake, Prayer LXXX

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I am a retired lawyer and an Orthodox Christian, living in a collapsing civilization, the modern West. There are things I'll miss when it's gone. There are others I won't. That it is collapsing is partly due to calculated subversion, summarized by the moniker "deathworks." This blog is now dedicated to exposing and warring against those deathwork - without ceasing to spread a little light.
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2 Responses to Fear and Scorn

  1. mike says:

    ..I very need/needed to hear this..in the past few days i have been in a situation which, in the past, i have adamantly refused to be around an individual..but this time,because of reading some blog post’s similar to this one, i ‘made’ myself go..i was able to enjoy myself once i determined that i would not entertain ANY thoughts or feelings of anamosity toward this individual…..i beginning to think i may be a very judgemental type person and ive been told thatmuch more than once…God help me please.

  2. Reader John says:

    I don’t often hear of something like this being of immediate help. Thank you for the unexpected good new.
    I think that I need to hear things like this over and over again – and then I may need to have it pointed out that I’m scorning some type of sinner. 40+ years ago, for instance, it was fashionable in my religious millieu not to fear Hippie (sinners), but it was easy to scorn Bikers (sinners). Today it’s cool not to fear gays, and very easy to scorn anti-gay fundamentalists. Lord have mercy!

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