Shaped by a life of service to Christ’s Church, Fr. Christopher has dedicated himself to using all the tools God has placed at his disposal to spread the light of Orthodoxy across America. As Founding Father and host of the Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) and the “Come Receive The Light” national Orthodox Christian radio program, he shepherds a dynamic and rapidly expanding ministry bringing joy, hope, and salvation in Jesus Christ to millions of listeners on Internet and land-based radio around the world in more than 130 countries. Fr. Christopher lives in Brookline, MA and is the President of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. I John 1:1.
It is time for a new beginning in the way we treat others and especially in the way we speak about God. Since when did it become acceptable to blaspheme God? Yet that is exactly what happened just a few weeks ago in a skit on Saturday Night Live.
This entire month at OCN, we will be talking about new beginnings, but we will be doing so in the light of the fact that the church has been doing this for decades. That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. (1 John 1:1) As Jesus Christ Himself represents a new beginning for the world, we are called this Great Lent to start a new beginning in our spiritual lives and in our walk towards salvation.
We are doing this in the light of possibly one of the most blasphemous skits ever to be seen in modern times that recently was presented on the popular and award-winning program, Saturday Night Live out of NYC. True confessions–I am a native New Yorker and a long-time viewer of Saturday Night Live from the time of its inception. It was a new beginning decades ago for late night television comedy when SNL first debuted. But I am afraid that new beginning has turned into a dead end with their last offering that is offensive to anyone who is a Christian, no matter what denomination.
To portray our Lord and Savior, the second person of the Holy Trinity, in such a light is truly disappointing and, I feel, beneath the tremendous talent that exists on this show. It would seem that we have reached the point that nothing is sacred anymore…not even Christ. If this parody had been done using the Prophet Mohammed or King David, people around the world would be in an uproar and would be demanding resignations. But we, the peaceful Christians, we just sit by and say there is no need to defend our God…He doesn’t need anyone to do that for HIM. There are also those who would say “Why bring attention to the issue? It will go away in a few weeks, and no one will remember.” Well, let me tell you who is watching to see our reaction: it is our children and grandchildren. If we don’t speak up, what message do you think we are sending to them about the importance of our God?
I want to say it is similar to our issue of violence in society, which is rampant. We have just fallen asleep at the wheel thinking it is going to go away when the violence, especially gun violence, has now reached epic proportions and even the youngest in our society have been sacrificed. If you think I am not connected to reality, you obviously have not seen the television reports these past few months as they refer to the shooting at the elementary school in Newtown, Conn. So because we are afraid to upset someone who wants to carry or purchase a weapon used on the battlefield, and we want to be politically correct, we are sacrificing the safety and well-being of our next generation….that is right, our kids. God help us! What is wrong? Why have we strayed so far from that New Beginning that was promised to us and delivered to us by Christ Himself?
It is time for all peace-loving and God-worshipping people to start a new beginning and speak out in a respectful and yet forceful way that our Lord is not for sale, nor is He someone we want portrayed in such a manner.
“Friends, why are you doing this? We too are only human, like you. We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heavens and the earth and the sea and everything in them.” (Acts 14:15)
So this month, we will be bringing you the Good News. Help us spread it, my friend, and share this information and message with your relatives and friends.
Thank you for your support, and please let me know your thoughts.