Here’s the thing about being merciful; it 'soften inconvenient.
Like the world around us, the life of the Church has always been marred by conflict. But where those in the world respond to strife with hatred and even violence, Christians forgive one another.
...too many Orthodox Christians have bought into the idea God’s love for them means God wants them to be happy and successful on their terms rather than His. We usually don't say this explicitly.
While culture is important, even under the best of conditions it is always only nominally Christian. The reason for this is that culture--all cultures--is always a mix of different traditions.
While religious education and apologetics are both important, we need to be careful that we don’t confuse saying things which are true with “speaking the truth in love.”