Orthodox Biker Testimonial

Seven years ago, a man we’ll call “Joe” was an avid motorcyclist and recent convert to the Orthodox Church. Naturally, Joe wanted to see if there were other Orthodox bikers near where he lived, so he typed into Google: “Orthodox motorcycle club.” Unfortunately, to Joe’s surprise, there were no Orthodox bikers to ride with. Joe’s heart sunk. There was not even an Orthodox motorcycle club in America. Sad indeed. So Joe ended up doing what a lot of other Orthodox bikers have done. He joined a Protestant motorcycle club and ministry for the brotherhood and fellowship they offered. Never did he realize it would put him in so much conflict with his Orthodox faith.

Joe, having studied the Ancient Faith, knew that the Bible did not fall out of heaven on the day of Pentecost. Rather, Holy Spirit descended on the apostles and disciples and made them the One Body of Christ, the Orthodox Church. The chicken definitely came before the egg; the Church gave birth to the Bible, not the other way around. His non-denominational motorcycle club believed in the Bible, but not in the Orthodox Church who wrote, collected, and confirmed the books of the Bible. They believed the Bible to be the Word of God, but not the Orthodox Church who witnessed and proclaimed the Word of God to all the world. They believed the Holy Spirit inspired the Apostles, but not the Holy Fathers of the Orthodox Church through the centuries. They believed the Holy Spirit guided the New Testament writers, but He failed to guide the Orthodox Church through the centuries. They believed the historical Jesus Christ, but not in His Visible Body the Orthodox Church in Whom the Holy Spirit dwells. They believed in the Holy Spirit, but not in rebirth through the waters of Holy Baptism in the Orthodox Church. They believed in Christ’s teachings, but not the Orthodox Faith which has been believed, taught, and confessed for two thousand years. They believed in interpreting Scripture, but not through the Holy Fathers of the Orthodox Church. They believed in fellowship, but not in communing with Christ’s real Body and Blood in the Holy Eucharist of the Orthodox Church. They always asked their friends to pray for them, but not their heavenly friends: the Mother of God and the Orthodox saints. They honored and kissed the pictures of loved ones at home, but not the holy icons of Orthodoxy. They told others about Jesus, but did not lead them to healing and transformation in His Body, the Orthodox Church, in Whom the Holy Spirit dwells. They prayed for their family members and friends who were dying, but not after they died.

All of this deeply depressed Joe. For seven long years he felt torn between his faith and his brothers. Finally, his priest and father confessor, realizing the toll it was taking on Joe both spiritually and physically, said to him, “Joe, you need to leave your biker club, It’s hindering and now harming your faith and growth in Christ.” Joe knew he was right. But this was not going to be easy. Every motorcycle club is a brotherhood and believes in the mottos: “I am my brother’s keeper” and “My brother before me.” The club was not going to let him go easily, and there would no doubt be lasting hurt in this break. But Joe knew it had to be done. He had to move forward in Christ, leaving behind all false teaching and road blocks to his healing, transformation, and salvation.

Just as all of this seemed so overwhelming to Joe, he got a quiet and gentle feeling as he paced by his computer: “What if…? But it’s been…seven years now… Maybe I should just check…? Ah, there’s probably no change… But what if…?”Joe cautiously sat down at his computer and opened his web browser. He sat there for a few seconds starring at Google search. Then he typed, for the second time in seven years, “Orthodox motorcycle club”…

Joe was ecstatic! He finally found his Orthodox biker family…