As a Christian, I find some elements of ancient and modern Near Eastern Christianity resonate with my faith life. The emphasis on orthopraxy, the importance of community and family bonds, and the practice of contemplative prayer like “Lectio Divina” have greatly enriched my spiritual journey. These aspects remind me of the broader Christian family that transcends geographical and cultural boundaries.
Moreover, the struggles faced by Near Eastern Christians, such as persecution and preserving their faith under challenging circumstances, inspire me to stand strong in my beliefs even when faced with adversity. However, my church may not fully integrate some of these elements, and I’m open to exploring how they can be implemented in a way that aligns with our existing practices and beliefs. Learning from the rich history and experiences of Near Eastern Christianity can deepen our understanding of our faith and foster unity among different branches of the Christian family.