What would you do Wednesday!
TLC’s new TV show All-American Muslim recently had an episode where a Roman Catholic converted to Islam so he could marry a Muslim woman.1 My wife and I had some interesting discussions about this situation. The Roman Catholic mother and father did not seem to be bothered as much as I suspect most people would be over their son’s conversion to Islam.
Today’s scenario is along the same lines as the above situation.
A married couple who is a long time member of your church comes to you with a dilemma. Their child who has just graduated college plans to marry in six months. The child was also a long time member of your church until going to college four years ago.
The problem is that this recent college graduate plans on marrying a Muslim. Upon finding this out the parents questioned their child asking how this planned interfaith marriage could work. The child informed the parents that they will be converting to Islam and having a Muslim wedding so there will not be an interfaith problem.
The parents are shocked. They do not know whether or not they should even attend the wedding. While they want to see their child marry they don’t want to promote the conversion to Islam.
How would you advise the parents?
- Go to the wedding and support their child?
- Go and support their child to keep the relationship on good terms?
- Stand by the child in disagreement hoping to influence change in their life?
- Refuse to go to the wedding, but try to keep the relationship alive?
- Refuse to go to the wedding and have minimal contact?
Would you give different advice if the child were to instead plan on marrying an atheist or agnostic? Why?