I recently was nominated for a category on Eastern Christian Blog Awards as "Best Church News Blog" and at the end of the voting when the month of May came to a close, this blog received the most votes to give it the win in the category for "Best Church News Blog".
I am honored, to say the least, that people who voted actually thought that well of the effort put forth here to post Orthodox news from around the world to feel this blog was deserving of their vote.
I also wish to personally thank Josephus Flavius who put together these awards so diligently and would keep the site updated on a regular basis. Again, thank you from my heart.
I must state my own personal conviction here at this point that I am not an "Eastern" Christian at all. I am a Christian. That's all. I add the adjective "Orthodox" as a necessity because those Churches which hold to the Holy Tradition of the Early Church have found it necessary to use this particular adjective to denote that Faith as that Faith which has been handed down in continuity from one hand to the next until it arrived by God's grace also into my own.
"Orthodox" in contrast to that which is not "Orthodox", i.e. correct belief and correct glory. In other words, Christ is the center of this Faith but He must needs be "framed" correctly, and that I, a sinner fleeing to Him may find Him unblemished, without distortion as He Himself is as the Great I Am.
Not as I may perhaps like to "frame" Him to suit my own likes and dislikes and to therefore choose to worship an idol, something fashioned by me and for me, but as He Himself is.
That is why the Church which calls itself "Orthodox" is indeed Orthodox:
Believing the right things
In the right way
For the right reasons
To know Him as He is
Not as I would fashion Him
the "formula" meant to hedge the path to Him the Person, who transcends any and all formulae meant to state positive truths about the God who is beyond being and beyond "system" and formulae, who may only be "seen" in the purification of the passions and in the renouncing of the lusts of this world.
What's all this meant to say?
I believe that to accept the title of "Eastern" Christian I therefore lay open the Church to the belief that Her ways are simply one choice among all the rest, that the Way maintained all these centuries in persecutions, murders, betrayals, is not of the worth that those holding to this Way felt it was but is much more common and they endured their sufferings merely to defend opinions, not Truth. Fools in the bad sense of the word if this indeed is the case.
I use the term "Christian" with fear because I know my thoughts, words and deeds and I am ever in need for the Lord to have mercy on me, a..sinner.