Children "Choosing" Religion
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|Mon, 03-07-2005 - 1:01pm|
I hear several friends, acquaintences, people on message boards, etc. say things like...
"I don't want to force religion on my children."
"My husband is Methodist and I am Catholic (or you are more likely to hear...I was raised Catholic), so we are going to expose our children to both and let them decide when they are older."
You've heard these yourself, I'm sure. So, I totally disagree with this. I think I understand the sentiment, but I don't agree with it. I think it is our responsibility as parents to raise our children with faith and religion. I don't leave it up to my children to "choose" other things, so why would I do this with religion? In some ways I think this is a way for people with "mixed faith" marriages to avoid the problems that might arise should they try to raise their child in one faith. I know that must be difficult...that is why I'm glad that God provided me with a great man, who is also Catholic! :-)
But, I'm not sure how to respond to this when I hear it. Maybe I shouldn't respond? I don't want to come across in such a way that I put someone on the defensive and they don't consider what I am saying, so I'm trying to come up with a gentle approach! This is not my strong suit!