Solzhenitsyn the Prophet

4 Aug

He was hated and ignored less for the forgivable imperfections of a man born in 1918 who suffered tortures and exile, but more for the way he insisted that humanity live up to the ideals of the gospel. He wanted men to be as good as they could be, as free as they could be, and as happy as they could be. He was not deluded, ever, by Utopian fantasy. He saw through the delusions of the right and the left and so angered ideologues who thought that Old Russia could easily be restored or that a New Secular Man (either in the Soviet or Western style) would be anything but old man made even more miserable.

In the end, it was less that Solzhenitsyn was a man of the past, than that he was a man of a better future living in a twenty-first century still caught in the backwash of 1914-1918. We have yet to escape the horrors and deceptions that began in World War I. Solzhenitsyn lived in his heart and mind in a world that was ruled by Christ.

Like Jeremiah, he died in the hands of men who could not understand his last words to them. The Biblical and the Russian prophet both live now in a world that is perfect. Their jeremiads can end. They can at last see perfection. They were never men of their age, thank God, but they are the men of the Age to Come.

From this Article by John Mark Reynolds


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