Originally Posted by alittlebithippie
Hi, I'd like to quickly introduce myself. My name is Amber and I'm expecting my first child. My husband and I are in the slow progression of moving into a religious life. That is, we started going to a non-denominational church and trying to read and learn the bible. However we both still have a lot of questions and trying to decide what we believe. Neither of us were raised particularly religious. I never went to church (both parents grew up Catholic and it affected bringing religion into my life because of their negative experiences) and hub grew up going to church but not consistently. We both have some things we believe in that so somewhat against what other Christians believe in and I think that's part of whats holding us back. Also, some of the parenting philosophies we want for our new baby seem very "hippie"-like I guess. It's hard to describe!
My question is how do you women deal with other Christians who don't agree with some of the parenting philosophies you are using to raise your children and other natural living elements that you incorporate into your life? I've been called a "hippie" by someone and even a family member recently made a joke about our using natural remedies instead of "traditional" medicine for things such as colds and headaches making the connection to witch craft and while I know they were joking and the person who called me a hippie wasn't serious I was very offended. Am I looking too much into it?
I think you've addressed a lot here. First, don't worry about being brought up "religious" or not. Religion will get you nowhere..you will always carry guilt and shame, and feel you can never measure up to being good enough..which you can't, which is why we need Grace! Praise God for His Saving Grace! It takes humility to understand we can't be good enough..we Need Him.
Second, you'd be surprised how many natural folks there are within Christianity. Now, if you attend a very formal church, you are more likely to find "mainstream/stereotypical whatever you want to call it" Christianity. However, if you spend time in a Bible teaching, no frills type church, you will find people focused more on God's Word, and less on routine/modern church tradition, formality, etc., and it seems to lend itself to more acceptance of individual approaches, while always maintaining the Authority of God's Word.
We have attended a Bible teaching church for years. Many of the ladies there have had homebirth, and many practice natural living. I am a naturally minded mama, though I do use Biblical parenting, and do not distrust God's instruction therein, simply because it's "archaic". I think it's perfect. However, there are different parenting styles within our church. I am too busy following Christ and raising my own family to interject my style onto others and judge! I am sure respect is paramount. We homeschool, don't vax, and I nurse, and we do not use birth control to allow God's perfect will for our family. So we go against the grain in a lot of way...some others in our church do, some don't..but since it's not part of our church, but rather part of what we do in our lives within our own families, it's just not anyone's business if that makes sense.
I hope this was some help to you. If you are reading God's Word, and seeking to follow Him, then He will guide you how to care for your family. This truly is not the business of anyone else. You are the one to raise your family! As far as I'm concerned, the church should be concerning themselves with showing the love of Christ, and supporting families so Christians begin taking an interest in having children once again!
God Bless you!
Edited to add: I'm sorry a person connected natural medicine to witchcraft. There are some "natural" practices I avoid, because it is very Eastern influenced..interestingly, many in Christianity have adopted Yoga as a "no big deal" type thing, but when you learn about what the focus of yoga is, one may choose to avoid it. Again, this is because this is a discussion here, but in all honesty, I'd never bring this up with people. We each have to make our choices. Years ago I was very into debating things..I think because I was so on fire for the Lord and yet still so new. Now, I'm not interested, as I don't think that's ever won a single soul to Christ. The other thing is that years ago I was EASILY shaken by the thoughts, opinions and criticism of others. Now, unless it is an older Titus 2 lady talking to me out of some kind of concern (not happened, but it could, I certainly have much to learn) or if it were my husband or a leader of the church, I just shrug my shoulders at differing/condescending thoughts....who are they, anyway?