Atheist Asked To Be Godparent
I've been informally asked to be a Christian Godfather to a recent addition to the family, a nephew to be exact. I fear the conflict that will arise when I am finally confronted with the request. While it should be no secret to my family that I am at the very least, non-religious and non-theistic, I don't go around with a banner over my head everyday declaring Atheism. Even though I have described myself as an Atheist to them on numerous occasions, it seems to have always fell on deaf ears. When I described myself as an Atheist this time around I was met with a backlash. My declaration of Atheism was accused of being just a means to cop out of responsibility.
What annoys me most, is the irony in the fact that I have spent years of deep examination and contemplation over religion to finally come to a position where I now reject it completely, while those "Christians" around me, who have blindly bumbled through their life probably never thought about their beliefs once.
I have no idea what I will say or how I will react. I wonder if things will get heated and I describe my true feelings about baptism, that to inflict a religion on an infant is immoral. Maybe I'll come out a closer definition of what I am, a "Non-Theistic Agnostic" and just maybe they'll realise I've thought about this for a long time. Or maybe I'll just go ahead with it... adopt some kind of nihilistic viewpoint that nothing really matters anyway, and declaring devotion to a falsehood negates ones actions automatically. It would be the same as signing myself up as a heretic during the inquisition though. Sure, I'd save myself a load of hassle but I'd be betraying myself and the truth.
Maybe I should lean on Jesus for some guidance...
Posted at 13:17