It’s not possible…


to truly enter into Orthodoxy if you come to change it, save it, add your distinctive (political, sexual,theological, etc.) or think that the addition of you is going to inevitably change the course of its stream. If you come in the door this way only three things can happen. You’ll leave when you finally discover that the Church isn’t going to accept your particular slant on things or if they do it might take a couple of hundred years. You’ll grow old in the Church in some quirky corner and always be partly disappointed.  Or you’ll decide that whatever you thought was so gung ho important coming in is not important as the mind of the Church over the centuries and you’ll start to “get it”.

The truth is that in the 2000 plus years the Church has been around it has seen and done more than you. You have nothing new to offer it, not your ideas, not your sins, not your perspectives, and every time you think you do the reply is the same “Been there, done that, let’s go to prayer.” If you understand this, or come to understand this, you’ll start to see the freedom that lies in it all. If you don’t you’ll find yourself spending a lot of time “kicking against the goads.”

Orthodox Christianity, with all the flaws of its adherents, still has an enormous amount to offer the hungry soul. Whatever else can be said, good or ill, about it it can never be accused of lacking depth.  Yet if there’s a label, a hyphen of any kind before the words Orthodox Christian, either in your mind or out loud in front of everybody,  you can spend a hundred years in the pews, know every rubric, and be correct in every step of the dance and still not understand what you’re doing.

Count on it.

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3 thoughts on “It’s not possible…

  1. As someone investigating and strongly leaning toward Orthodoxy coming from a branch of a branch of a branch…, I found this post encouraging. Having a tradition offered with 2000 years of “been there, done that”, is extremely comforting. Not that it doesn’t instill a bit ‘o fear being faced with re-evaluating everything I’ve been taught about Christianity since birth. I do find comfort in knowing that I won’t be given something I cannot handle. (Bible classes WEREN’T a complete waste of time!). Thank you.

  2. As someone strongly considering Orthodoxy after 50+ years of practice/non-practice of a ‘branch of a branch of a branch’…. I found this post encouraging. The uncertainty of re-investigating everthing I’ve been taught about Christianity since birth is both terrifying and bracing. I do find comfort in knowing that I won’t be given something that I cannot handle. (Bible classes were not a complete waste). Thank you!

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