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.
There are many examples in the Gospels where Jesus warns about not bearing fruit, but in the Parable of the Vineyard in Matthew 21.33-42, He teaches about not sharing fruit and what happens to the wicked and greedy stewards when the King returns. The Church is the Vineyard of Christ, and if we refuse to bear fruit, or are unwilling to share the Church with others, then we risk the Church being taken away from us and being given to new stewards who will be willing to share the fruit when the time comes. The wicked and greedy stewards were kicked out of the garden. Before we find ourselves on the outside looking in, Jesus has given us another opportunity for repentance. The beginning of the New Ecclesiastical Year is a perfect opportunity for a fresh start and look forward to sharing our fruit with the world.
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