An Open Letter to the Greek Prime Minister

The Greek Prime Minister thinks Russia might be able to save them from the EU and their debt.

From the Guardian: “Greek prime minister reaches out to Vladimir Putin for help in financial crisis.”

Alexis Tsipras, the Greek prime minister, has made a broad overture to Russia as he seeks a way out of his country’s debt and currency impasse, telling Vladimir Putin that Greece wants new partners to help it out of the crisis.

In a speech delivered in front of Putin in Russia, Tsipras said Moscow was one of Greece’s most important partners, and dismissed critics who wondered why he was in St Petersburg and not in Brussels trying to secure an urgent deal with European creditors.

“As all of you are fully aware, we are at the moment at the centre of a storm, of a whirlpool, but we live near the sea so we’re not scared of storms. We are ready to go to new seas to reach new safe ports,” he added, in a subtle nod to his hosts.

Dear Mr. Tsipras,

Crises have a way of clouding the mind, and impairing good judgment. You are definitely in an unenviable position, and every option before you is distasteful, to put it mildly. But if I may offer a bit of advice…

Yes, the political and banking leaders of the West are predatory and unloving. For your own people’s good they should have exercised “tough love” and begun weaning you from the IMF’s poisonous and seductive debt a long, long, long time ago. But just as it was so convenient—and briefly satisfying—for your people to avoid hard and necessary choices, it was tremendously enjoyable for those bankers to keep the monetary IV in place, and their annual bonuses fat.

The West enticed you into slavery, no doubt, but looking East is not a better option.

Angela Merkel and Christine Lagarde may enslave you, but if you accept “help” from Vladimir Putin and then fail him… well… your nation will still be inextricably very enslaved, and you, Mr. Tsipras, will no doubt be very dead.

[See also, “Greece Getting Ready to Dump the Euro.”]

I would point you, instead, to the truth which nearly 2000 years ago was brought to your territory by a transformed man named Paul. Debt enslaves, but truth (though often temporarily very painful) will set you and your countrymen free. Accept your “cross,” Mr. Tsipras—it will be a death, of sorts.

The debts were foolish, and all who tolerated them should endure pain. But if you leave them behind, and build a new economy rooted in private ownership and personal property (“you shall not steal” presumes private property rights)—an economy based upon assets and real value; one that looks with grave suspicion on any use of debt—you have an opportunity to show the world what the resurrection of freedom and prosperity looks like.

I pray God’s blessing and character and wisdom to you, sir. Repent from your mistakes, and trust God’s mercy and trustworthy revelation in the Scriptures to illumine the way forward.

For His fame and our joy,
Bob Allen