After tonight's vesper service we (wife and me) attended the first adult catechism class for the year. We stayed in the temple so the priest could explain what all of the things you see in a traditional Orthodox church mean. I was extremely impressed with just how biblical everything is in an Orthodox church in the sense of the whole of salvation history from Genesis on is somehow contained in the symbolism of the architecture and iconography. If you just looked at an Orthodox church without the explanation it would never makes sense but once you do its all there and everything has a reason for being there.
Anyway the thing which most impressed me was when Fr. Anthony talked about their plans to put the icon of the Last Judgement on the back wall so that as all of the parishioners leave they will see it and be reminded as they go out into the world that if they don't tend to the "least of these" they will share in that judgement. There was no mincing of words there. No indication that you could still be saved if you ignored these words of Jesus:
On the last day, Jesus will say to those on His right hand, "Come, enter the Kingdom. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was sick and you visited me." Then Jesus will turn to those on His left hand and say, "Depart from me because I was hungry and you did not feed me, I was thirsty and you did not give me to drink, I was sick and you did not visit me." These will ask Him, "When did we see You hungry, or thirsty or sick and did not come to Your help?" And Jesus will answer them, "Whatever you neglected to do unto one of these least of these, you neglected to do unto Me!"