Note: I know as a Body of Christ, many have varying opinions on what is ideal for a believer and see the Catholic/Eastern Orthodox Church as not a part of that body due to varying differences. With that in mind, please be respectful as this is a view from within our family in regards to where God is leading us; not a man-lead decision. As believers, we are called to be catholic (καθολικός (katholikos), meaning “universal”; from the Greek); in unity. M and I as believers hold true to the Nicene Creed in that we believe in One Father, His Son our Savior and His Holy Spirit.
One of the things I rarely talk about is our blended faith of a family.
Yes, blended faith of a family. Even though M and I are both believers in Christ, our traditions are nothing similar. M become a believer in adulthood while I grew up in the church. It was a very eye-opening experience.
Our first year of marriage was very complex. M had never attended a non-denominational church before and I had never attended an Eastern Orthodox Church.
Side note: M grew up attending an Eastern Orthodox Church since his grandmother and mother were a part of the church. His father grew up United Methodist and M would attend there on occasion as well.
On our last move, in the process of finding a church home, we tried attending a United Methodist Church and both enjoyed the beauty of the service but didn’t feel it was a place we could call “our church”. No particular reason really, it just wasn’t where God was leading us.
Close to the end of our time there, M decided to attend an Eastern Orthodox church in the area that was very different from the church he grew up attending in his hometown. I had previously gone to Christmas services at the church in his hometown but didn’t really grasp it as it was in a totally different language the whole service! Having a translator wasn’t so great when he couldn’t understand half of it either… 😉
We both feel that it was where God was leading us…the Divine Liturgy was in English with portions in another language but understandable. 🙂 M felt at “home” and honestly, so did I. That is something that I was in conflict with for several months but I have come to peace with where God is leading our marriage and family. M and I were in the process of asking more about the holy mysteries before we left our last duty station.
Unfortunately, we can’t attend an Eastern Orthodox church in our new home area as M works on Sundays. 🙁 Divine Liturgy is in the process of starting when he has to be at work so we call a non-denominational church home for now. By attending the early service, we are still honoring God by listening to His Word and growing as believers.
We don’t switch back and forth in what church we attend; we just can’t attend the church that we have set as “home” for our family due to schedule conflicts.
We love the church we attend now but we know it is for a season…and our neighbors were so gracious to invite us when we found out we were heading to this area, since they are family friends. 🙂
I guess God has put us in this church for a season until we can return to our “home”….just being in a community of believers is what is important. So yes, we will continue to call ourselves Christians because that is what ultimately defines us as a family and as a couple.Pin It