Josh wrote:A typical Western church service has a "holy hug" with random strangers seated next to you, which I find neither holy, nor does it really serve the same purpose as "greeting one another with a holy kiss".
It remains a mystery to me why greeting one another with a holy kiss is "sex inappropriate activity" - people in Europe & the Middle East frequently greet one another, even people who are business associates and their friendship is based around that, that way. There's something weird about how prudish Americans are about this.
I'll throw this out there... no western church I was ever in did hugs... it often was handshake or just say hello. Intent might have been for fellowship, but it ends up seeming fake and trivial in most western churches I ever was at.
As for the other part, how about for men or women who struggle with sexual purity towards the same gender? Do we tell them they must do the holy kiss?