Well, I had a best friend from grade school and last yr. when she came to visit, she told me that she stopped going to church and doesn’t really believe in the teachings. I was shocked as we both went to Catholic grade and high schools and were brought up strict Catholic.
Anyway, come to find out, she has been living w/guys on and off, sees nothing wrong w/sex before marriage, believes that gays should have the right to marry, etc. It just totally blew me away. The worse one was when she told me that she is pro-choice and it doesn’t mean pro death. At that time, I didn’t know what to say, so after she left, I started emailing her w/info showing how bad it is to live w/someone before marriage, how dangerous sex before marriage is, etc. But I also shared this info w/a few other of my friends who were curious about what the church teaches.
She sent me a very nasty email claiming that I was calling her a sinner (I never once stated that she was, I was just trying to witness to her) and that nothing I say or do will ever change her mind. What gets me is that while we were friends she confided in me that she has HPV but doesn’t know the strain and she won’t tell any of her past boyfriends. I tried to tell her that she needs to tell these guys and she flat out refused. As for her health issues, she won’t follow up w/the gyn. I’ve tried several outlets to witness to her as she is my best friend and that I do care about her well being. She won’t listen and doesn’t care about her spiritual well being anymore.
Well, to this day, she refuses to talk to me. She lives out of state so when I do call, she answers and hangs up on me abruptly. She won’t return my emails or snail mail.
Ever since my stroke, I’ve started looking at things differently and taking a more active role in my spiritual journey. My other friends are Christians of all different faiths. We share things and pray for one another. They are true examples of how Christ wants us to live our lives.
So all I can do now is just pray. I may have lost a best friend, but I still have Jesus on my side.