Even if you don't believe as they do; don't live your life as they might wish, does that make it OK to walk away from family? I really don't get it.
I particularly don't get it with people who profess to believe in freedom, individual rights and choice. I don't get it with liberals who say "anything goes" - except conservatism and/or religious belief. Or conservatives whose view is so narrow they can't accept other variations of conservatism.
I really don't get how people expect others to read their minds and then perform according to the wishes of the one whose mind they were supposed to read.
And, I don't understand how others can stand by without regard for truth or respect for the others' differences and views. I guess I'm naive enough to think that love transcends other prejudices and attitudes when it comes to family. I guess I feel you should be able to overlook the slights you see in those people in order to preserve what is most important. We can defend another without being that other person or even feeling as that other person. We can defend their right to be who they are.
First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out - because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the communists
and I did not speak out - because I was not a communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out - because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me -
and by then there was no one left to speak out for me.
Pastor Martin Niemöller