Personal Narrative: I Was Raised Extremely Conservative Christian

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Growing up, I was raised extremely conservative Christian. Family was my anchor, my support group, my light in the dark until the day my faith contradicted my love for my father. Everything my father needed was nothing my family gave, except for me. On the day my father told the family his news, everyone was outraged. People stormed out, started to yell. I gave him a hug. Told him I loved him. He cried. To this day, only his kids and his husband support him. My grandparents don't talk to him, unless it's a matter of the grandkids.
People interpret the Bible in different ways. Some say it is supposed to teach you a greater sense of life. The Bible taught me to be forgiving, understanding and to see the glass half full, never half empty. Dealing with my mother’s newly found broken heart, and my father's lack of support left me in a rather unusual spot. The tables had turned and it was up to me to help guide my parents through. At this point many kids in my shoes would have picked a side. I, however, refused to. I was now the “rock” in the situation. I did the best I could at thirteen years old.
I love both my parents, despite their imperfections. It has not been easy, but it hasn't been hard either. There were countless times when it would have been easier to give up and walk away. But what would that say to my father? That I was like the
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Changing a belief isn’t wrong or shameful. People grow and change, new situations arise uncontrollably. There's a phrase that states, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.” I couldn't change my father’s new way of life. The only thing I could change was my reaction to this newly found family. If I had a chance to change how I handled this situation, I wouldn't. I love my family, as dysfunctional as we may be. I couldn't be more proud to call them
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