I will soon be faced with a religious decision: Should we go to church for Easter.
I am not a Christian, though I will attend churches occasionally out of anthropological interests. And since I don’t buy the whole salvation package (though I once did), I typically find church services boring and the sermons unbearably annoying. My children hate going to church worse than I do — even if they have only been twice. Just yesterday, for instance, when on a daughter-father evening, my 9-year-old daughter asked me, “Dad, explain to me why Jesus had to die.” And after I explained, she rolled her eyes and said, “Seriously? That is ridiculous.”
So, with that background: This Easter we will be visiting my brother (an atheist) and his delightful wife, my sister-in-law, who is a church-going Christian and we will be invited to attend church. My brother has informed me that he will be going to church with his wife this Easter — not his usual habit but he wants to “show support for his wife” this Easter.
After hearing about this, my wife pondered, “I think I will go to church with your sister-in-law.” I responded with the rhetorical question, “If it were a Buddhist holiday and she were visiting us, and I invited her to go to temple with us for a couple of hours, do you think she would go?”
Anyway, I am undecided. So, when debating choices, listing the pros and cons can be helpful:
Another technique I use when making decisions is to triangulate off of the opinions of friends. So, what are your thoughts — any new pros or cons? What would you do? Do you face similar dilemmas?