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.
When we are sick, we follow the advice of our doctor if we desire to be healed from whatever sickness or disease we have. We do this, because we believe the doctor knows the best cure. We trust him to have our best interest at hand. We put our belief in his abilities into action, and follow his instructions to the letter of the law written on the prescription. But when our soul is in need of healing most of us, most of the time, ignore the advice of the Church. The Physician of our Souls, Jesus Christ Himself, has provided a cure for our spiritual sickness, and we ignore it. He has given us a way of life we call the Church, and though we claim to believe in the cure, we refuse to follow the instructions necessary to experience a full recovery. We refuse, all the while rationalizing away our poor choices in the name of comfort and wanting to avoid suffering, the very cure that has been tried and tested for two thousand years. Sometimes the cure is painful, and causes nausea, but healing comes through the struggle of the cure. If we avoid the struggle, we avoid the cure. The time has come for us to embrace the life of the Church, struggle and all, and allow Christ to heal us through His Church.
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