Vasil Levski (18 July 1837 – 18 February 1873), was a Bulgarian revolutionary and is a national hero of Bulgaria. Dubbed the Apostle of Freedom, Levski ideologized and strategized a revolutionary movement to liberate Bulgaria from Ottoman rule.
Levski envisioned Bulgaria as a democratic republic,… He said, “We will be free in complete liberty where the Bulgarian lives: in Bulgaria, Thrace, Macedonia; people of whatever ethnicity live in this haven of ours, they will be equal in rights to the Bulgarian in everything. We will have a flag that says, ‘Pure and sacred republic’… Levski held that all religious and ethnic groups in a free Bulgaria—whether Bulgarians, Turks, Jews or others—should enjoy equal rights. He reiterated that the Bulgarian revolutionaries fight against the sultan’s government, not against the Turkish people and their religion: “We’re not driving away the Turkish people nor their faith, but the emperor and his laws (in a word, the Turkish government), which has been ruling not only us, but the Turk himself in a barbarian way.”
Levski was prepared to sacrifice his life for the revolution and place Bulgaria and the Bulgarian people above personal interests: “If I shall win, I shall win for the entire people. If I shall lose, I shall lose only myself.” In a liberated Bulgaria, he did not envision himself as a national leader or a high-ranking official: “We yearn to see a free fatherland, and [then] one could even order me to graze the ducks, isn’t that right?” In the spirit of Garibaldi, Levski planned to assist other oppressed peoples of the world in their liberation once Bulgaria was reestablished. He also advocated “strict and regular accounting” in his revolutionary organization, and did not tolerate corruption. Ottoman authorities, however, captured him and executed him by hanging in Sofia.
As we can see in this article, there are so many things admirable in Vasil Levski’s life.
- He loved his country.
- He believed in equality of peoples and races.
- He believed in freedom of religion.
- He spoke against evil government oppressing the people.
- He did not desire personal gain.
- He wanted Bulgaria to be an example to other nations.
- He advocated “strict and regular accounting” from rulers.
- He did not tolerate corruptions.
Vasil Levski had studied and become a Orthodox monk before leading the charge for freedom. We see that he picked up many Biblical principles and advocated them for the benefit of society.
- Let us pray for Bulgaria and the Bulgarian people. May they take inspiration from Levski’s life.
- Pray that God would raise up many Bulgarians like Levski to champion the fight against corruption.
- In Matthew 25 the Lord speaks of when He comes again and how he will pass judgment on the nations, separating the sheep nations from the goat nations. Pray that Bulgaria will be counted worthy to “inherit the kingdom prepared for [it]”.
- God has designed a special gift or calling each nation is to bless the other nations with. Pray that Bulgaria will find their destiny.
- This means there must be a great revival in Bulgaria. Pray for a revival that transforms the culture.
- Pray that the Holy Spirit will blow across the land and soften the hearts of the people so they will be ready for the Good News.
- Let us pray for “the burning ones” to carry the Gospel across Bulgaria.
Pray that corruption in Bulgaria will be exposed and justice come forth.
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