I have a coworker who is a very conservative Southern Baptist. She and I have become good friends this year even. She is very young and has led a fairly sheltered life. Basically everyone she knows is Christian and goes to church, but me.
Another coworker (who is Christian, but doesn’t attend regularly) has really been struggling with personal issues. She brought up inviting her to church and I said it was a great idea. Well, now she keeps asking me about going to church with her. I don’t know how to tell her I’m not a Christian and if I was going to go to church, it wouldn’t be her Southern Baptist church. She means no offense, she just hasn’t been around people of different faiths and assumes everyone believes what she does. If I tell her I don’t agree with what her church teaches it will blow her mind.
Answer by Daphna28 at 11:49 AM on Jun. 13, 2010
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Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 12:04 PM on Jun. 13, 2010
"You could also tell her "Thank you for caring enough to invite me, but I'm happy with my own faith and it's practices." You don't have to go into what it is, and that covers pretty much everything from you're Jewish, to you're Pagan, to you're Atheist to you worship the second moon of Mars.... "
I love this answer, but she wouldn't let that rest. She would want details... and she really doesn't want to hear them.
Her youth and naivete result in her not knowing the old adage "never discuss politics and religion" I really like her, but I doubt I can single handedly open up her mind to different ways of thinking.
Answer by maxswolfsuit at 12:06 PM on Jun. 13, 2010
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Answer by mybella81 at 1:00 PM on Jun. 13, 2010
I beg to differ mybella, most of the Christians that I know IRL who bug me about going to church get irate when we let them know we are not Christian. I hope the OP's friend is like you though mybella and handles it in a mature manner but alas that has not been my experience with people who tend to get over zealous with the invites to church.
Answer by pnwmom at 1:18 PM on Jun. 13, 2010