So I have a serious question (It may sound stupid but please try answering anyways)
So my parents are Hindu and so am I (officially only.) But for the last 2-3 years I have been finding a lot about Christianity and have decided to convert when I turn 18 in December.
Now as you may know, Hindus have many gods who don’t make a lot of sense.
Anyway, at the end of this month, there is a big festival for a god called Ganesha, who had an elephant head stitched to him after his own was cut off. For ten days (minimum 1 day, maximum 10) families bring idols into their homes and worship it for that many days after which they immerse it in water.
Now I was okay with this for these many years but now that I know what idolatry is and how it is wrong I have no wish to continue this anymore. Needless to say, when I told my mother this, it didn’t end that well and I was forced to nod my head in acceptance just to make her stop shouting and let me sleep.
My grandmother’s cousin who lives in small town 2 hours from the city arranges this ceremony every year and about the whole family (about 25) go every year for it. We weren’t going to go this year because my mom thought it’d be too hectic but those people said since it is our last year in the city, we should go. In their words " We’re 80 years old now, who knows if we’ll be around in another year or two when you come back." So my mom agreed and when she asked me and after a bit of reluctance, I was forced to agree.
What was I supposed to do? I sure as hell don’t want to go and join in when I clearly know it’s wrong. What’s more, they’ll probably ask me to do the whole thing (and there’s no way I’m sitting there without a shirt in front of 25 people!) What should I say to my mom on that day? Do I tell her I’m sick? That would be breaking yet another commandment about lying. If I downright refuse to go, the others will start asking questions and I don’t want to say that I believe in Jesus in front of them all. (Trust me, I told my mother and I felt so awkward the next day.)