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 of Our Savior Greek Orthodox Church Florence in South Carolina shares his sermon, “The Burden of Sin is Real.” The burden of sin can really weigh us down, but it doesn’t have to keep us from reaching Christ. Holy Confession is a blessed opportunity to unload our burden before the Altar of God. As members of the Body of Christ we assist each other bear the burden of our sins so we can reach our goal of living with God in Heaven.