How I feel about politics and social programs

by Andrea Elizabeth

from the chapter on “Recognition of Truth” in The Universe as Symbols and Signs by St. Nikolai Velimirovich

9. New piece of cloth and an old garment. “No man putteth a piece of new cloth onto an old garment (Matt. 9:16),” That is to say, a wise man does not, but an ignorant man may. This action symbolizes the usual unchristian methods of correcting a bad man by making superficial corrections; or reforming an old sinner merely by reading him a new lecture on morals; or giving a morsel of bread to the prodigal son instead of turning him back to his father’s house. By these palliative remedies, yea, by this mending of a big old evil with a little piece of something new, one makes the evil worse. This is also a reproach to all superficial attempts to correct human society by mending it piecemeal, instead of by a fundamental and thorough renewal through Christ.