We are navigating some dicey waters in our house.
The Skids were raised in church, throughout elementary school. Since the divorce, she’s begun dating women, so I can see why she stopped attending; a lot of churches are unwelcoming. But the Skids are using that as a reason to reject God altogether.
I’m a Christian. Last week, I was gifted with a nice cross to hang on the wall. It seems to have triggered something, because even though the Skids knew I was Christian before they saw that cross on the wall, they’ve since become openly hostile toward my faith.
They’ve begun taking the Lord’s name in vain, loudly and pointedly. When corrected on anything, they start with a wheedling voice saying things like, “Christians don’t act that way,” and “that’s not a Christian thing to do.” For the record, I’ve never done anything other than answer questions about my faith; I don’t push it on them at all.
We had an epic showdown with SD on Friday night. She wanted to watch a couple movies about summoning demons and demonic possession. I took her dad aside and told him I didn’t want that kind of thing in the house. He hadn’t realized what the movies she wanted to watch were about, so when I told him, he made her shut them off. She hasn’t spoken to me since. I don’t really care about that; I want to get along with them, but not at all costs. But combined with the other stuff, I feel a little at a crossroads.
I want to be respectful of their feelings, and I get it if their mom’s lifestyle makes it harder for them to embrace religion. Also, I’ve never believed in forcing my faith on anyone, largely because you’re more likely to drive people away that way. But even doing my best to be unintrusive, I won’t let certain things go on in my house. I have their dad’s support. How do we keep the Skids from going on the offensive over our faith?