In the spirit of charity, I thought it might be useful to take a moment to share what we admire in other denominations, with the stipulation that admiration does not mean we love or adhere to our own less.
Within the Orthodox Church, I admire the liturgy, which is almost supernaturally beautiful. My wife and I listen to the Russian Easter liturgy every year and are consistently struck by it. The Orthodox are truly blessed in this regard.
Within the more fundamentalist Protestant communities, I admire the fact that they encourage people to read their Bible. My wife, an ex-Pentecostal, has enormous swaths of it memorized and can recall verses at will. I also love the gospel choir–it’s the one thing we still miss from our Pentecostal experience.
Within the more mainstream Protestant churches, I admire the devotion that the older members display, the great patience they demonstrate even in the face of such radical change. They persevere out of faith.
What say you?