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My Father Doesn't Want Me To Be a Christian
Dear Brother Ron
My father doesn't want me to be a Christian, but I have chosen my way of
life and it is to be a Christian. He doesn't like the fact of accepting
Jesus Christ as my savior. I love my father very much and I don't want to
disrespect him. But ever since I chose this way of life, my life isn't
turning into garbage anymore and I don't want to go back to my old habits.
I'm 15. I believe I have a right to my religion.
So did the people who put this country together over 200 years ago. That's
why they wrote the First Amendment to the Constitution. You are merely
exercising the rights that Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and the others
wanted you to have.
You need to talk with your father. Ask him why he does not want you to be a
Christian. The answer will probably have something to do with not being a
hypocrite or not wanting you to go around acting holier than thou and trying
to save everybody. Explain to him that your relationship with Jesus is a
strictly personal one and you have no intention of trying to force your
beliefs on anybody else.
Likewise, he should show you the same consideration and not try to force his
beliefs on you. You should also point out the positive effect your
conversion has had on your life. Does your father want you to return to your
old behaviors? I doubt it. I believe the best way to do things is the way
that works. This seems to be working for you.
So what is your father's problem?