I’m hoping the dust settles soon
It seems we are stuck in this perpetual cycle of anti-establishment. Our culture feeds on it, and encourages revolutionary figures. Look at most of our heroes and superheroes in American society featured in movies, TV, and the news. They are often people who work alone and battle the establishment.
We also hold to the Great Apostasy Theory, even if subconsciously, in order to justify our independence. At least that is what I have done for years. Now the Orthodox Church is challenging me in ways I never knew, with one of the biggest being: If I don’t like something about the church, then maybe it is me who needs to change (which flies in the face of every concept of western individualism and pride).
As outlined here, the Christian Church was one unified body for the first one thousand years. The western Roman Catholic Church became corrupt doctrinally while the Eastern Orthodox Church preserved the Christian faith. The importance of that is this: the church as a whole never apostatized. There’s no reason to cling to Apostasy Theories. Because of that, I am now free to accept the Bible canon composed by church fathers and glean much wisdom from ancient Christian writings outside of the Bible. I am also free to believe that Jesus is capable of guiding his Bride throughout the ages.
Questioning my own motives
The Orthodox Church has provided refuge for me for many reasons. But I do have to stop and ask myself: what really draws me to Orthodoxy? Am I doing this only because the Orthodox are not the establishment here in America? I’ve always been a non-conformist, and the Orthodox are relatively unheard of. Collectively, they represent 0.6% of the American population; though internationally speaking, they are the second largest Christian Church.
I’d like to think my motives are more pure than that. However, it is something I must bear in mind. I am in no hurry to join the Orthodox Church because I want to make sure it is not just the latest, newest thing to catch my attention. I have written these nine blogs in order to process what I have learned and to better understand myself. I also hope all of these posts help someone else who feels burned out and tired of church.
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