In Oryol, Russia, Orthodox Bishop Nektary (Nikolai Seleznev) has declared that he is entitled to a new form of manna from heaven in the form of a new top of the line, fully loaded luxury Land Cruiser. When confronted by the ethical questions over the gift from a local agribusiness, Seleznev insisted that Jesus would have definitely taken such a sweet ride if it were offered.
The Bishop is clearly taken back the vehicle despite an order in 2012 from Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill (the figure who recently combated the WannaCry malware with hold water) that clergy would refuse luxury cars. Indeed, Kirill told clergy to “think it over 20 times” before accepting such gifts. The Bishop apparently did so and conclude “Yep, God wants me to have it.” Indeed, his spokesman stated that “Jesus Christ Himself wore expensive clothes gifted to him, shall we say, by people who celebrated Him.” Accordingly, Jesus would have cranked up the Bois speakers and cruised on down the road.
It is reminiscent of the Christian Televangelists explaining how their private jets allow them to speak to God.
Of course, Luke 12:15 states
15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
Toyota’s slogan “Let’s Go Places” has many in Russia wondering if the good Bishop is headed on the highway to hell.