I am an Orthodox Christian priest. I have been Orthodox my entire life and a priest since July 2007. From my perspective, in America at least, we have lost the functional understanding of our Orthodox Christian Faith. We must take seriously that our Traditions have purpose and are not a just a litany of tasks and obligations we must perform. To "boil down" the Faith to that creates an environment I believe is what the Apostle Paul taught against. Glory to God.
On Theologically Thinking, Fr. Athanasios Haros of the Transfiguration Church in Florence, SC talks to us about “Expectations and Just Rewards.” We all need clear expectations in order for us to learn from our mistakes. The Parable of the Last Judgment in the Gospel of Matthew 25:31-46 outlines with clarity how the Lord will judge us. Will we be sheep or goats when the time of judgment arrives? Fortunately for us, it isn’t too late for us to learn from our past mistakes. The coming Great Lent is the perfect opportunity for us to change our ways and live up to the Lord’s expectations.