We are in a time where common sense should prevail, said the state secretary for church and minority relations, talking about the Russian-Ukrainian war and the state of European Christianity in Tahitótfalu on Thursday.
Speaking at the opening of the meeting of Western European Hungarian Reformed Christians, Miklós Soltész summed up the Hungarian government’s work over the past 12 years. Regarding the war between Russia and Ukraine, he said that the future looks like a “sad and unpredictable” period.
Soltész also stressed that the Hungarian government is trying to make Western Europeans understand that for Hungary, it is important in many respects – for the sake of the ethnic Hungarian community in Ukraine’s Transcarpathia region and the refugees from the country – not to supply weapons or soldiers to the war.
If that were to happen, Transcarpathia “would become a war zone instead of an island of peace,” he underscored.
The more a military alliance or other major power intervenes in the war, he said, the more it will strengthen strife instead of peace.
He said that the Hungarian government would continue to be characterized by the same things it has been for the past 12 years: to think in terms of nation and to strengthen Christianity.
He recalled that in recent years, thousands of churches had been renovated in the Carpathian Basin and almost 200 new churches had been built. In this context, he noted that in Western Europe we hear contrary news, such as how Christian churches are being converted into museums, pubs, or mosques.
Soltész said that the reason why Christian parishes in Western Europe have been “backsliding” in society lately, losing faithfuls one by one, is because they are trying to “blend into the politically correct world” of today.
The state secretary therefore asked the participants in the Reformed meeting to “dare to stand up for what they have started.” Dare to take up their teachings in the face of today’s “anti-creationist and anti-natural ideologies,” he added.
Soltész also thanked those who had come to the meeting of Western European Hungarian Reformed Christians in Tahitótfalu from Sweden, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Transylvania, and Transcarpathia, among others.
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