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.
From the moment Jesus Christ was born, the world was preparing for His burial. Herod the King tried to kill the new born King, while the Magi came to worship Him. We have two options when we greet Christ; we can choose the path of Herod and reject God, or join the Magi and worship Him. When we choose the path of the Magi, we will join Him in death as the world will reject our way of life. There is no avoiding death. It was the entire reason for His birth. He was born to be buried.
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