Kind of funny, isn’t it? The worst thing many from my generation could tell our parents while growing up was that we didn’t believe in the religion they spent years raising us in. But now, for many of us, the most mind-blowing thing our children could tell us is that they’re joining up. In fact, a year or so ago I wrote about how I don’t believe in baptizing children who don’t really have a voice in matters. I’ve written all over the Internet about how uncomfortable organized religion makes me. So, would it upset me if my child ended up being a part of a religious organization? A little. But only because my experience was so terrible. I’m also smart enough to realize that my child’s experience wouldn’t necessarily mirror my own. I plan to raise smart, deep-thinking, kind people and if a particular religion appeals to my children and helps them through life then so be it.
I’m not the kind of parent who expects my kids to follow my life path. Perhaps the best part of leaving Mormonism, for me, was learning the ability to think for myself and decide what feels right to me in my gut and so, ironically, my leaving religion allows me to feel open enough to realize that if one of my children feels that religion is the path for them then so be it. I would respect that decision in the same way I expect my family to respect my feelings about Mormonism now.
It sounds like James Harrington has come to the same conclusion. “I had no choice. I was baptized before I could have any opinion about it… Our little girl, however, has made a life-defining decision by herself. I couldn’t be more proud of her…I just hope that, the next time she faces a life-defining decision, she remembers this time when she told us she had faith in something we don’t. And we believed in her.”
I would feel the exact same way should my children choose a similar path. Still, the concept of rebelling by getting baptized makes me giggle.
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