But most of our ancestors and our grandparents were unable to serve and evangelize because most of them were persecuted and in need. So here we are, living in North America and in other western countries, with the means to help others (ex:IOCC). We are also in the position to share the faith with many who were never exposed to Orthodoxy (OCMC and domestic ministry programs). Maybe every age has its purpose and God's plan for us is just beginning to be revealed. The worst thing we could do is to go into hiding to escape the work He has set before us because we are afraid. Does the Great Commission no longer have any meaning for us today?
Just because we have IOCC and OCMC doesn't mean that our fronema isn't different than it was 1000 years ago, or more specific to the dialogue, 1500 years ago. I'm glad that we have these things available to us, and I'm glad we take advantage of our opportunities. But how many of our brethren do we find giving up all their wealth and giving 100% of it to the poor? How imminent is the Coming of Christ to us? I think it's fairly obvious that our state of mind is very different from the Early Christians, and to a certain degree it's not a good change, in that we have a bit more disconnect between our faith and our day-to-day lives. There is no need to be defensive about it - no one is saying we should crawl into a hole, ignore the Great Commission, etc - heck, I don't even know why you brought them up, as they have little to nothing to do with the discussion at hand. They could be relevant
if you're willing to make the tie between experiencing the Light of Christ and the Power of His Body and Blood, and not being able to hold that it, but instead feeling compelled to share it with the world - but you haven't made that tie, and instead bring up IOCC and OCMC and the Great Commission as if this discussion is attacking them; far from it. We are participating in these activities (IOCC, etc.), and to our benefit and the benefit of the world. But unless we all begin to realize that we must have a sense of Christian urgency to our lives (and thus we don't need to hoard wealth, etc.) we will risk becoming stagnant / complacent and trapped in sin.
note: I take issue with one point of the article Theophan shared by Fr. Elia. Fr. Elia mentions most who left the traditional Orthodox lands for western countries were the least traditional. I do not agree. Most of our grandparents left because to stay would have meant almost certain death under the Ottoman empire. If they were so nontraditional why did they sacrifice so much to build churches in the western world and bring clergy from their homelands?
It did seem like too broad a statement to me as well. But you're a bit off on the timeline - the major influx of Greeks, Serbs, Romanians, Bulgarians, and Arabs came after the defeat of the Ottoman Empire - indeed, it was the secularists in Turkey and economic depression that led to most Greek immigration, and the post-WWI / post-WWII condition of the Middle East that led to the Arabs coming over.