Please pray for me. I have never really found my family to be anti-Christian before, but I had a big shock today. As a family we like to discuss and wrangle over issues and the debates can get heated, but it is almost always in the good 'academic debate' sense. Today my brother said, could he discuss 'this belief thing' with me. I was expecting to talk about theology, but he wanted to ask about why one might have faith. I thought that was a perfectly good question and I don't in the least want to proselytize to him, or anyone else in my family. In fact, he started off with 'So, you're a Christian?', and my dad seemed to think I wasn't certain of my faith.
Sadly, it became clear that both my brother and my dad simply wished to mock anything I said in support of Christianity. My brother in particular repeatedly said things like, 'Well, it's all a load of **** rubbish, of course, so **** that, but what I don't understand is why anyone would believe it'. He and my dad both insisted that, if Christianity were right, then Christians should never change their opinions (as in, we should adhere to every word of the Bible as it's written). I tried to explain that the Bible was only put together some time after Christ's death, and that intelligent people do consider their beliefs and make decisions about right and wrong. I know and accept that neither of them knows a great deal about theology or church history, but I was really upset by the tone of their arguments. I would even say that, had we been arguing about a book I loved that they hated, they would have been less rude than they were about this issue of my faith and their lack of faith.
I'm really in turmoil here, not wanting (of course) to alienate my family by forcing on them an expression of faith that only makes them more anti-Christian, but feeling shocked and hurt that they were so keen to mock and to tell me it was all 'rubbish'.
Please pray for me, and please pray that my family will come to better terms with my Christianity (and hopefully, with God).