Dad: “son, why don’t you pray at church and when we’re at a family function? You don’t close your eyes or bow your head or say amen afterwards. you just look around and be quiet.”
Me: “Matthew 6:5-6. Please read it so you can understand why I don’t do it.”
Matthew 6:5-6: And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Well of course I’m a teenage closeted agnostic atheist and I have to come up with a half-assed excuse as to why I don’t pray in church, instead of just telling him I don’t believe in God. But surprisingly enough, this response made sense to my dad and he understood once I explained about the hypocrisy of the church and it’s followers. Now he doesn’t suspect a thing when he sees me not pray with other Christians and at church.
P.S I live in the Bible Belt and I’m a black teenage male so it can be a little lonely down here lol.
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