Religious authorities: Kiss our hands and be humble!
All Orthodox and Catholic Churches, including our Coptic Orthodox Church, have this priestly habit. Whenever you meet with one of their religious authorities, they extend their hands for kissing. Of course, if you don’t do it, you’re not humble enough. Other people from the congregation would look at you in despise. The question is: why would not these priests, bishops, cardinals and popes be humble themselves?
It’s really ironic. Their master, our Lord Jesus Christ, instead of asking of His disciples to kiss His hands and feet- and He deserves it- He knelt down on His knees and washed their feet.
This act of kissing is actually an act of submission. It creates a church of masters and slaves, not a church as God intended: a communion between equals in the eyes of God. The church as depicted by the apostle Paul is “… the body of Christ and individually [we are] members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues.” (1 Corinthians 12: 27-28).
How we became so distant from the true church as the body of Christ?