I have recently encountered the following two situations:
while visiting friends after the birth of their second child, the discussion led to the future Baptism and choice of Godparents for said child. My friends shocked me when they said they weren’t sure if they were going to go that traditional route as they didn’t necessarily agree with everthing in the faith anymore.
while conversing with a co-worker, she mentioned that she was raised Catholic, but because her church refused marrying her and her husband (of a different faith) she just switched faiths (Methodist, I believe).
How does one so easily “switch off” their faith and beliefs even if, as I am assuming here, it wasn’t that strong to begin with? How is it so easy to give up? It is almost as if they want an “a la carte” faith so they can pick and choose what beliefs suit them.
I just listened and nodded…should I have responded in a different way? I don’t think the timing was right to start some heated discussion.