TRAGEDY OF HOLY ORTHODOXY
Recently published statistics by Pew Research has established that around 50 % of Young Orthodox leave the Church. Many of us see in our own communities the truth of these statistics as the churches are practically empty on Feast Days, and very diminished on Sundays. Few are the younger people who remain in the Church Why is this so and what can be done about it.
This should send out alarms to our hierarchs involved in ecumenism and the papacy to abandon these fruitless endeavors and return to preaching the Gospel in their churches. This is what their function ought to be. The Bishop should directly represent Christ and be like Him, humble and meek, filled with love and peaceful. Every one of us clergy and laity will one day be judged for what we have done or failed to do during this present life.
Our Lord reminds us:
“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise; as some men count slackness, but is fore-bearing toward us; He is not willing that any should perish; but that all should come to repentance” (II Pet. 3:9).
The tragedy of our days is the lack of fear or love of God, the lack of preparing for the great day of His appearance. Our unbelief will never cancel God’s firm promise which is sure to come, for God is “not slack concerning His promise” As certain as we are of death which is to come, so we should be just as certain of the judgment that is to come