Over my 64 year life span, many friends and family have invited me to attend their baptism. Several times, they even asked me to speak during the program. Baptism is a significant event. What an honor it is to support my friends as they take a new direction in life.
Last week, a friend invited me to attend a similar event—an unbaptism. He even asked me to speak during the program. Unbaptism is a significant event. What an honor it is to support my friends as they take a new direction in life.
Invitation With a Warning
Along with his invitation, my friend also offered a friendly caution:
“Be sure to take stock of the possible effect on your membership. Be sure to take stock of the effect on your many FB friends — many will likely attack your decision to participate in this event — even if your message is NOT specifically to resign.”
I really appreciate my friend’s care and concern. So, dear friend, let me reassure you that I’ll be OK.
- I’m not worried about my membership. As a church, we don’t believe in shunning. Elder Holland has taught this in no uncertain terms. If someone decides to leave the church, I respect and honor their decision just as much as I do the decision to join the church.
- My Facebook friends? Could I be attacked by them? Well…maybe. It’s certainly happened many times before. But, they are my friends. I’ll still view them and love them as my friends.
- “Even if your message is NOT specifically to resign.” I want to be very clear on this one. I don’t encourage people to resign. I encourage people to do what THEY feel is best for them and their families. I don’t possess enough self-importance to presume that I know what’s best for anyone, but myself, regarding religion. I do possess enough self-confidence to support and validate others in the path they choose.
Details of the unbaptism event can be found HERE.