Originally posted by Vox:
Judging from Henry38 (and a couple of off-line folks I've encountered), any Christianized African family is going to hate you if you date their son. That's something to consider.
Vox took those words right out of my mouth!
I'll try to make this long story short, but ...
As I've told you, my best friend is a priestess. Before she got into the Religion, she was most definitely a "seeker"!! lol She went from a strict Christian childhood to everything from Muslim to Buddist ... and a lot of stuff in between!
Anyway, when she did find her way into the Religion, she went into it all the way, getting (at least one of) her ceremonies done in Cuba, and the whole nine yards. She's a very strong practioner ... and with any and everything else she's done, doesn't care who knows about it or what they think about what they know!
Initially, we all thought she was just going off on one of her tangents and would have thought it extremely strange, had she not been the one going through it! (She's the one of the group that you just forgive all her sins and love her anyway, because she's really a beautiful person inside!
) Between her prayers and not being able to wear certain colors and the feeding of her ancestors and asking them for permission, it was all very new and very strange. But, next to her kids, it has been the best thing that ever happened to her. She is at a place that I would have given up a couple of paychecks to bet that she would never be able to attain! And she's still my best friend.
Anyway ... although we all are now accepting of her beliefs, I really can't think of any family members of any of us ("the girls) that would not be freaking out to see Beth practice her religion except mine!! Open-mindedness is an understatement in my family!
All those "good Christians) would never understand and, in fact, I believe would be afraid ... even though they've known this woman for more than 20 years!
As Vox said, those Chritianized Africans could only be worse. They are such a passionate people!
And the fact that he didn't answer the question properly, says a lot in not saying much at all. However, though it may cause ripples, it may not cause waves. Before you throw out the baby with the bath water, make sure that he's one that it's "okay to let get away". Or maybe he's worth having to ride a tide or two along the journey!