These seem very difficult times to witness for Truth. A significant trend appears to be people want religion rather like they want to shop, when it is convenient, going along with whatever fad or fantasies they carry, and looking for something that offers a 'pick and mix' approach. Last week's brand so completely followed is out, because this week brand X better has caught our ........? Truth must be relative and NOT absolute. Spirituality is MORE important than religion, per se. Our reality and our experience is equal to anyone else's. Large numbers appear to have no measure against which to judge any experience, i.e. if it feels good, it must be good. Perhaps because it is not God that is worshipped but Man, the new God.
Ask the question how might you detect whether a powerful experience was demonically inspired rather than divinely inspired, you either get 'well you would know, of course!'. (Sub-text what a silly question). Aternatively, you get a look of confusion and emptiness.
A clear, unambiguous and consistent witness across all Christian Orthodox groups would cause some shock, disbelief and alarm but if quietly we got down and on with it others might after a time become 'intrigued' and follow.
As for intellectuals I am reminded of a story told to me years ago. During the Latin occupation of Constantinople two acquaintances were walking, one Latin and one a Greek. Suddenly rounding a corner they came across a gathering of well to do folk. The Latin man excitedly pointed out a finely dressed fellow in the centre of the group and exclaimed, "Do you know who he is?" His companion shook his head and said, "No". "He is one of our most important theologians", replied the Latin.
The Greek said nothing and taking his acquaitance arm began to walk him further and further away into the city, each street seemingly poorer than the one before it. At last they turned into one of the City's meanest streets and walking along came across a poor old woman in black sweeping her doorway. The Greek paused and turning to his Latin companion spoke for the first time, "And this is one of our greatest theologians".
Maybe we need not just the intellect and ability God has given us, but people like that old woman, whose knowledge of God stems from a life of Christian ascetic struggle, of prayer accompanied by bows and prostrations, of fasting and prayer, and of humility before the awesome face of God, Our Saviour.
Some of the best missionaries I have met are those who quietly worship, who belief is so deep yet seemingly unstated.