November 2nd, 2006

HTOC

Fighting Words?

Fr. Freeman writes with sobriety about the danger of turning liturgical praises into apologetic weaponry:

Being Orthodox means living with words like "pillar and ground of truth." Or singing gleefully in a liturgy, "We have seen the True Light, we have found the true faith." In the wrong hands such words can be dangerous indeed. They are true enough, but such truth can be uttered well only as praise to the Living God, rarely as apologetics or as "war words" in our confused scene of Christianity. Uttered in "battle" if the little dust-ups that occur hither and yon can be called such, these words take on the fearful character of "that by which we will be judged" (Matthew 12:36).

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