Well, folks, let’s do this then! I’m just gonna go ahead and dive right into it…
Now, I am painfully aware of the controversy of blogging about faith and specific beliefs. Inevitably, it always sounds close-minded because, well, it kind of is. If I choose to believe in Jesus as the true Son of God and Savior of the world, then that obviously means I don’t believe in other things.
Be that as it may, this is my blog and if my faith offends someone, they can simply choose not to read my posts. 🙂
For the rest of you who are interested, I thought I’d clue you in on some recent developments concerning our Christianity.
Yes, we’re still Christians, and actually, just thinking about the whole process and how we got here is a little overwhelming, and I’m kind of intimidated to jump into it. One step at a time, I suppose.
Starting at the very beginning, let me just say that we’ve been wrestling through a lot of issues in the last several years. Our questions and concerns have kept us from really rooting ourselves in a specific church for far too long. A lot of it had to do with our personal discomfort and preferences. I like the worship here, but the pastor is BOR-ING. Or, The pastor at that church is such a great speaker but the lead guitar player for Sunday night service? Totally hate his solos. In addition to very selfish and silly reasons like that, we also had this niggling feeling in the pit of our stomachs: Is this it? Is this how it’s meant to be? Has it always been like this? Is it really supposed to be about what I like, anyway?
Those thoughts are only the initial reasons we began searching, and thus, ended up at the Orthodox Church.
In some ways, I wish we would have acted on our concerns much sooner. By the same token, I am so grateful we didn’t officially begin our “investigation” until after we moved because this season has been such a slow, intentional, thoughtful time for us and it just fits with what we mentally and spiritually chose to dive into. Does that make sense?
Because I am hesitant to try to explain Orthodox Christianity with my own words (undoubtedly, I’d do a poor job), I figure I’ll just supply some links to satisfy any curiosity.
The articles above are some of many of that I read through as we prepared ourselves to attend our first Orthodox Church service several months ago. Of course, even after reading what seemed like hundreds of articles to prepare ourselves, we still didn’t really know what we were getting ourselves into. We fell in love with the Church in a whole new way, and we’ve been attending ever since then (and are in the process of converting).
Surely I’ll write more on this whole topic, but I’ll leave it at that for now. 🙂