“I was born Orthodox!”

Such is what the priest often hears, especially from those born in historically Orthodox Christian nations. It’s at this point that the priest laments.

No one is born Orthodox. They must be baptized and chrismated into the Holy Orthodox faith. And then they must begin the life-long journey of being illuminated, ever striving to become one with God. They must be willing to learn.

Being Orthodox means more than just showing up on Sunday and or singing with the choir. Being Orthodox means choosing to walk away from the biases and prejudices of the nation of your birth. Being Orthodox is to beg God to adopt you, transform you, and enter your heart.

To the one who states, “I was born Orthodox” – I respond, “I will pray for you.”