a friend of mine was telling me about how heartbroken he was over a recent breakup. the reason for this? she was of another religion.
now, malaysia being a multiracial country and all, it's not uncommon to hear people supporting interracial and interreligious marriage. cultural diversity, interfaith relationships, whatever it is BOLEH LAH!
i found this an interesting topic, and feel like sharing my thoughts here.
i've heard that in a healthy relationship, both partners need to be moving in the same direction and be of the same mind. they need to encourage each other to pursue their passions and to have a healthy social group.
if you were in a relationship, wouldn't you want your other half to show respect and love for your mother and father? when you get married, would you want them to honour and show support towards your parents? of course you would, because your parents raised you, showered you with their unconditional love, and made you who you are today. you would be nothing without them. in turn, so would your other half expect you to honour their parents and love their family.
now to use that metaphor in another perspective ; if you were in a relationship, wouldn't you want your other half to respect and love your God? didn't God "create your inmost being and knit you within your mother's womb" ? when you get married, wouldn't you want your other half to honour and show support towards your faith as well?
from my point of view, i could never say "well i guess it's alright if he doesn't treat my parents with respect, if he can't stand my parents, nevermind if he can't get along with my family." i would want him to treat my family well ; not just my earthly parents but my heavenly Father as well.