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How Do I Deal With Preachy Family Members?

What to Do When Family And Friends Evangelize

By Patti Wigington

For starters, you do the same thing you always do when you have a problem with someone. You tell them that their behavior is bothersome. Yes, they should probably know that they’re being obnoxious, but when it comes to preaching, people tend to have tunnel vision. So, start with the basics. Let the person know that what they’re doing is offensive. That’s the first step, and it doesn’t have to be a big shouting match. You can avoid conflict by not being accusatory. Instead of saying, “Mary, you’re always preaching at me and trying to make me go to church and I hate it!”, you might try “You know, I understand that your religion is important to you, but I don’t think you realize that my faith is important to me as well.”

The second thing you need to do is recognize that a lot of times, this behavior comes from people who genuinely want to help out. They’re not preaching at you because they’re trying to be mean. They’re doing it because they love you, and they may be worried about you. Typically, it’s done with good intentions, although often those good intentions come across as obnoxious and disrespectful. If, in all other situations, you don’t have a problem with this particular friend or family member, try to find a way to work through it by talking.

Read the original article at: Pattis Paganism

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