After finding my own pagan path, I told myself I wasn't going to tell my family how wrong they were in their choices of faith... because that would make me what I hated most.So when my mom would say, "pray about it", or "just ask heavenly father" I just smiled and said thanks, because I knew she was just trying to help - not be spiteful of my beliefs. We've lived in harmony like this since about a year or so after I became pagan. And other than a few small tiff's with my siblings over my choice in faith, we have equally gotten along and loved one another just the same.
However, today my younger sister posted something on facebook that really turned my stomach. Again, I'll repeat, I have NEVER wanted to ever debate, or argue anything my sisters, brother, mom or dad have ever said or posted... because I know they say it out of love, and its their way of helping or trying to get a point across...
So what was this statement that changed all that?
"With all of the posts about same-sex marriage, there is something I want to point out. I love all of my friends, I also respect their choices. Do not take this the wrong way, but I noticed that some that are arguing for same-sex marriage are arguing that church and government should be separate. The word marriage originally came from a religious view point. It is a covenant between a man, a woman and God. No I am not condemning anyone. I have nothing against improving civil unions to allow partners to visit each other in the hospital. The point I'm trying to make is I have not problem with you being together, just please stop trying to call it marriage. If you don't like me after reading this it is your choice. I do not fear Homosexuality, and I do have the same right as anyone to fight for what I believe - Robin"At first I wasn't sure why this post upset me so much - but after spending all afternoon pondering on it, I realized it was because my younger sister, who to me has always been a smart girl, choose to disregard the rest of history - before Christianity and make a claim that marriage was created by religion.
I wanted so bad to reply with a comment to debate her on the subject - but I have never done that with family before. And it feels odd even to consider it. She is my blood. She is my little sister, who has always been so innocent.
I suppose her post also made me realize how not so innocent she really is... and I must respect her choice in beliefs, just as she and the rest of my family have so kindly respected mine.
So in place of a facebook comment, I post it here - just to get the feeling off my chest, and out of my head. --- So I can go back to feeling no ill will towards my little sister. Whom I love dearly, and miss very much (as she is away at College).
Thank you for the chance to rant a bit.