The Russians Are Waiting

by Timothy Lusch

Freedom In The Kingdom: Anarchy In Heaven

Slavery and Freedom by Nikolai Berdyaev

Still afraid of the Russians? You should be. They just might disturb your world view. Nikolai Berdyaev (1874-1948) was a Russian philosopher and religious thinker preoccupied with power and freedom, church and state. Think these things do not matter in the postmodern world we live in? Then maybe you need this Russian alarm clock. There are many in power who want us to think about money, shopping, and lifestyle. They do not want us to think about true freedom, the church, and the power of the state. This is nothing new. But the depth and duration of our distractions is quite new. Short attention spans, soundbites, and tweets are not conducive to the preservation of freedom. The shallows will drown you. That is why we must read Berdyaev. For only in the depth of his thought do we come to a fuller understanding of true freedom in the Kingdom of God, the nature of power, and enslavement to evil.

There is absolute truth in anarchism and it is to be seen in its attitude to the sovereignty of the state and to every form of state absolutism. … The religious truth of anarchism consists in this, that power over man is bound up with sin and evil, that a state of perfection is a state where there is no power of man over man, that is to say, anarchy. The Kingdom of God is freedom and the absence of such power… the Kingdom of God is anarchy.