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 Jesus healed the man with legion demons, He used a heard of pigs from the nearby town for the demons to enter. We all remember the story; the pigs went running off the cliff and died. The town folk, not wanting to lose the investment of the pigs, could not bear to see their resources taken away from them, just for some poor demoniac. They were so greedy; they chased Jesus away from their town. Many times, we find ourselves chasing Jesus away by refusing to allow Him to use OUR resources for the ministry of His Church. We would rather see the Church limp along; barely able to keep the doors open than to go without cable television. This story isn’t just about healing a demoniac; it is about stewardship, and whether we pick the pigs over the people.
ABOUT BE TRANSFIGURED
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ABOUT FATHER ATHANASIOS C. HAROS
Father Athanasios C Haros is the Pastor at the Transfiguration of Our Savior Greek Orthodox Church in Florence, South Carolina. His sermon series, known as “Be Transfigured” are found each week on the Orthodox Christian Network. You can find more information about his parish at www.GoFlorence.org, and www.LiveANewLifeInChrist.org.
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