Thursday, 04 December 2008
We receive quite a few messages from people asking for help with certain issues, and often times, we're not sure how to relate or answer the person's question - which is where you guys come in! Every Thursday, we feature a reader's problem and leave it open for you guys to offer your two cents. Please feel free to message us for advice! It can be about anything from family, relationships, devotional life or struggles in faith. Don't worry, we'll keep you anonymous.
Today's advice post:
I was raised in an extremely traditional Buddhist family. I became a Christian about four months ago, but I still haven't worked up the courage to tell my parents because I think they would disown me. While I've never been as religious as them, I'm pretty sure they felt as if I were in the "safe zone" at least by not being a part of any other religion.
I feel a little bit sneaking around like this. I go to church every Sunday, but my parents always figure I'm out with friends, so I've never had to explain myself. I've had to attend a few Buddhist rituals, but I normally just stand there while praying in my mind so that I'm still respectful to my parents.
I now feel the slight twinge of conviction for hiding. I think I should be brave, be honest, and be ready to deal with the consequences. Also, how will I share Christ with my parents if I keep my faith a secret? I know I have to do this, I just don't know how to bring it up and what I would do if my parents freaked out.
Any suggestions? Has anyone ever been in this situation before? Thanks!