What would you do? Too long, didn't read. Not safe for anyone.
What would you do if a couple of members of your extended family were balls-to-the-wall religious and tried to push it on you? How woud you respond to the following email? Be honest-- what is the best way to respond to a loved one who has completely different religious views than you, in order to get them to back off and respect your own decisions without destroying your relationship? How do you let someone as condescending and arrogant as this know that you don't appreciate their message without any hard feelings?
Some thoughts for you...have you received Jesus's grace & forgiveness in your life? What/who is it you are living for? We all know what/who Mom lived for and I believe it was to love/honor God with her life and I would say we all had great respect for her and that's why. What made her memorial service so meaningful and special was knowing how she lived her life and where she is now. Have you surrendered your life to Christ? There is truly no better way to live than with Christ at the center! That's how life works best! I see you as someone who tries desperately to keep the peace in your family yet not at peace with yourself. You have been under a ton of stress so many different times in your life with your family and I often think...if they would only put Christ & others ahead of themselves things would be so different. I don't want you to feel like I'm preaching to you but if you do I'm ok with it because I care about you and love you so want to speak the truth! Life is so short and the only reason we are here is because of God. I want you to experience full, abundant life with Him. Jesus loves you so much and it's never too late to turn your life over to Him. Life is not about pleasing others, it is about loving God and a benefit is richer/more meaningful relationships or just trusting Him with those relationships. Are my relationships with my immediate family & extended family perfect or great all the time...absolutely not! My natural self is very selfish so I know I need to rely on Christ to put others ahead of myself. It's lifelong learning! I know I have been forgiven much so I need to forgive. I know I have received grace so I need to give grace. I know I have been blessed with much so need to bless others....My life is changed because of Christ in me! I am special but you are special too because you are created by God and Christ paid the price to save your life! We all have the opportunity to be children of the King and that's what I have chosen. The most important questions you'll ever answer in your life are...What do you believe about Jesus? And what did you do with Him?