*Just wondering. I have a friend who I haven’t known for a real long time, but long enough. I enjoy her company…enjoyed, I should say. Nearly every time we get together, she takes a shot at the Church…wants Bible ‘‘back up’’ for everything the Church teaches…and the topics range. Today, she asked me to ‘‘back up’’ from the Bible, confession. I showed her the passage, she still doesn’t believe. She started on her rant about the Church being manmade, etc. I have defended the faith as best I can, but I finally said to her…’‘you know, I am thinking we need to part ways.’’ She looked at me dumbfounded…I said…’‘You’re entitled to your thoughts on the Church, but I find that this is no longer a friendship to me…it’s a time where we get together, and I am forever defending my faith. A friend wouldn’t keep bashing my faith. I respect your views, but you don’t respect mine…and I just don’t want to do this anymore.’’
She apologized…I accepted…and then that was it. But, honestly, I am at the end of my rope with this ‘‘friend.’’ And I truly believe that the next time we get together, it will begin again. At what point, do you cut your losses and end a friendship when someone keeps bashing the Church? I will say bashing, because it’s way more than merely asking questions about the faith. Which I’m fine with. More than fine with…we are to defend the Church…but, she gets her answer, and goes off on a tangent…and I just sit there…stewing!
Any stories you can share, would be great. I don’t want to be mean, but if someone just wants to rant about the Church, to me, that’s not an edifying friendship in my life.
PS–I quit the running group, and now run with a few ladies from it. That’s a thread for another time, but for those who followed it…you know what I’m referring to. :o Feeling much better having left it, now. *