Another friend of mine has lost her faith in The Church.
She’s like many people we all know: A lifelong member, married in The Church, kids baptized at the proper age, served in many callings, and now she’s done playing along.
I let responsible and thoughtful adults make up their minds about such personal things. As I see it, my job is to support her through this transition time and help her avoid feelings of failure. Much like I would if she were going through a divorce.
Only she knows what’s going on in her relationships. And only she knows what her heart and mind feel and think about her faith.
But her family and friends aren’t so understanding. This good woman, who was loved and respected last week by her friends and family, is now treated as though she’s a bad person by the same people. Her friends and family act as though she betrayed them and that she is in wrong. They’re offended by decisions she made about her personal beliefs, and the best way they know how to respond is to cast her out.
Why do “good” LDS people do this? Is this how our Savior taught us to treat people? Do our scriptures and doctrine support this type of behavior?
So, bloggers, have your say: What is it about our religion that makes doubters and those who chose to leave be cast out from their families and friends?
(Yes, I know that not every Mormon acts this way to the [newly] unfaithful but it’s a common enough occurrence that it’s worthy of discussion)