Some of you may remember some of my inquiries this summer, when I was living in Russia and began to inquire into Orthodoxy (I'm a Roman Catholic, and my wife is Russian Orthodox). I have taken a long hiatus from any active internet searching, in favor of direct contact with priests/prayer, as there's only so much use one can get out of reading fragmented bits of ECF passages copy-pasted by both sides of the RC/EO argument! That said, I found many of you on this board to be VERY helpful. My search is still frustrating, enlightening, and ongoing.
It occurred to me that I am not aware of any direct evangelism efforts on the part of Eastern Orthodoxy, at least not in the West, which, is, after all, what I am familiar with. I cannot speak for the East, and as such, I may be misinformed on the subject, but a major concern of mine is that at times, it seems like preserving national identity/cultural tradition (something I understand and support) is a much bigger priority in Orthodox parishes than evangelism, and at times it seems to become a direct hindrance to evangelism.
Some of you may recall even, that one "accomplished" RO priest in Petersburg advised me to remain RC, as it was easier than converting, culturally more suited to life in America, and "basically the same thing" as Orthodoxy.
While he was clearly not a good rep for the church at large, the whole issue of convert-seeking concerns me: aren't we as Christians commanded to evangelize?
My thoughts are muddled, I know, but any comments are warmly welcomed.