One of the konvertsy boasted that the reason that people convert to Orthodoxy was that it says “No”… I find that both odd and troubling at the same time. I’m a believer because of what Orthodoxy says “Yes” to… not because of what it denies. I believe in the Christ Who opened His arms to everyone… I believe in the Church that embraced the Ethiopian eunuch and the fallen harlot Mariya Magdalene. I do NOT believe in the long (and seemingly ever-increasing) list of “Thou Shalt Nots” thundered forth by the konvertsy. God will save those whom He wills… He needs no assistance from me (or from you… or from the loud “experts”) in that matter. I even confess that the Lord wants to save the konvertsy… yet, shall they answer His call? I do hope that they shall in the end, but their present behaviour contradicts that, doesn’t it?
No matter how childish, mawkish, and wrongheaded they are, we Christians are under obligation to pray for the salvation of all and that all will attend to the Lord’s call and accept His Offer. We’re Christians; that’s what we do. However, we needn’t agree to or be passive in the face of their negative and hateful activity. The same is true here… we’re Christians; that’s what we do. After all, Our Lord Christ showed no mercy on the Scribes and Pharisees of His day, did He? Do reflect on the fact that the “religious” of His time wanted him dead… now, that’s a meaty Lenten reflection…