Why Syrian Orthodox?
- In reading the comments made by the moderators about
youth involvement in the forum, I would like to pose
a question to ponder. This topic has been discussed
in many youth gatherings.
The youngsters in our church, particularly in the
United States, are questioning the need to attend
services at a Syrian Orthodox Church. The reasons
are many. After they've attained the age to make
decisions on their own, many seriously question the
need to go to a Syrian Orthodox church. They may be
influenced by their friends, significant other,
society, etc. Plus, there's countless number of other
churches to choose from. And when it comes to marriage,
many do not even think about marrying into the same
church (Syrian Orthodox).
This is a serious issue in our North American Archdiocese.
It must also be mentioned that this is not an issue that
our church only faces. Other Malayalee churches in the
U.S. face it, too. Nonetheless, I do not think that we
should therefore ignore it.
With this being the case, how should we respond? Yes,
to an extent, we can only do so much. It is ultimately
their decision. For Jesus did not force his teaching
on others. But, on the other hand, he did not ignore
them either. What arguments can we give them? What
can the church do? What changes (if any) should be
Please share your thoughts, ideas, and comments.
St. Ignatious, Dallas, TX