My mother-in-law is Christian and very outspoken with her beliefs. She is actively involved with the church and will throw scripture into any conversation. My husband was raised this way, however he does not live a Christian life and we do not attend church. I was raised Christian, but stopped going to church in middle school and I do not consider myself religious at all.
Latley, my mother-in-law has been asking me some very personal questions in regards to our 5 month old son. For example, "What will you do if he is gay?" "How are you going to discipline him." I gave her my honest answers for both questions, telling her I will love him no matter what if he is gay and I believe homosexuality starts from birth. Her response was giving me a bunch of scripture and how homosexuality is not God's plan.
I know the day is coming when she is going to ask me how we are going to raise our son in terms of religon/faith. I am looking for advice on how to approach this topic. I do not want to direspect her, but at the same time I want her to know we are not raising him to be Christian and I really do not want her to start taking him to church and telling him Christianity is what he has to believe. My husband says he agrees our son can make his own choice as he gets older, but doesn't see the harm in putting him in sunday school as a yoiung child just for some guidance. That is something we are working through as parents.
My husband has told me I should just tell his mother what I believe, but of course that is easy for him to say because he has dealt with her his whole life. She is a very loud, opinionated and pushy woman.
Not sure how to approach this topic. She can be very intimidating.