What's creepy about the next video, is that when I first knew of Gorbachev coming to power in Russia, for a week afterwards I prayed God remove him from power, so to free Russia. I didn't ask he be hurt. Then I forgot about it. I don't remember ever praying for anything political, before that. My usual prayer is a 'carte blanche proxy vote' that whatever God says my prayer SHOULD be.. be. Legal term is 'incorporation by reference', meaning whatever He says my prayer is, I agree and confirm. Highest prayer I can think of, so no one is left out.
But here, I was really worried for Russia. Why? I dunno. Then a week later, forgot about it.
So hahaha On my birthday in 1991, he was removed. I wouldn't have known that, as I never watched TV back then. But was in a hotel room, and turned on its TV.
When looking at your videos above, playing the Soviet one, the one below came next:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jG0o9RJEbY
Very interesting how he uses the term 'God' and at the end, 'religion'. That's a big deal for a lifetime Soviet bureaucrat, and he still games the camera. So for him to use those terms (which he's always done, every time I've heard him) is .. elucidating. He talks like Kruschev or Grigorenko in their memoirs.
With Russian stuff, you look for the small things. Those guys really do believe in Marxism-Leninism, and Gorby still says that in this very video.
Wish we Christians knew our Bible as well as they know dialectics. The world would change, overnight.
I'm not surprised by Gorby holding on to the past, even if he converted, because socialism and communism work very much like "that old time religion." Good works, good works, good works---every crime of violence justified for the greater good.
One of my oldest, dearest friends is a die hard socialist. About 15 years ago she became a Christian, but her socialism never wavered, maybe even became stronger with a new belief in God to justify it. She really, really wants "good" things to happen for everyone.
Because I love her, I have argued many times with her over the years, never with any success. Her counter arguments are always religious in nature. And the things she pulls out of her hat to defend her socialism are just baffling. 90% of the time they make no sense at all, from way out in left field, and seem childlike and desperate, like somebody throwing a bunch of shit on the wall to see what sticks. Her sputterings and mutterings have often reminded me of when a new Christian is defending their faith to antagonists and is in way over their head, publicly get made into mince meat, and eventually look like they're trying to convince themselves
that Christ is real. I don't talk to my friend about it anymore because I know I cannot shake her faith in socialism. On rare occasions she has ceded a point to me, and two weeks later its like that conversation never took place. After a few of those encounters was when I realized that socialism, like so many other things, is a religion. Even when their souls begin to recognize God, and maybe even get saved, yet that old time religion of socialism/communism is still there. Indeed, it seems to blend with their newfound faith. I have never seen a more insidious habit to break from. Socialism is like the heroin of religions because it combines the self righteousness of the individual soul with the promise of heaven today
through political (fleshly) means. A legalistic fundie has a better chance of discovering God's grace than a socialist does of shaking the religion of "equality now."
As far as Christians go, they are seldom as dedicated to Bible doctrine as the commies are to communism. Atheism will blend with socialist/communism seamlessly. But Christians are more complex creatures, divided between flesh/soul/spirit, its hard for us just to get out of bed in the morning if our focus isn't right.
And if the Christian retains socialism---aye yi yi!