OCN: What Makes Orthodoxy Great?

Siemiradzki_Christian_DirceIt’s easy to get confused when it comes to the greatness of Orthodoxy.

One of the tragedies of modern times is that Orthodox Christians constantly argue over power and status rather than service to the weakest among us. Church leaders and academic theologians debate who is first and who is last. Clergy argue about the physical boundaries of Churches and who is entitled to govern them. They debate ancient titles that only have their place in a world that vanished thousands of years ago. Amidst all of these arguments, Orthodox Christians need to pause and remember that greatness in the Church is a paradox. It is also neither a title nor a jurisdiction. Greatness in the Church is not about who kisses one’s hand but how many feet one can wash in the service of Christ.

The Orthodox Church is great only insofar as She is good. The greatness of the Church is the goodness of the Church. And the goodness of the Church is perfected in mercy and service.

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Andrew Estocin

Andrew Estocin is a lifelong Orthodox Christian. He received his B.A. with a double major in Philosophy and Theology from Fordham University. His writings have appeared in numerous publications including The Albuquerque Journal, Touchstone, Beliefnet.com and The Orthodox Observer. Andrew’s work is featured on the The Orthodox Christian Network where he writes on a variety of contemporary issues.

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