I have an elderly mother whose belief is pretty much all she has. Because of how she was raised (quite frankly, a bit brutally), she's never been responsive to alternative ideas such as christianity as a philosophy, or social justice. For her, the world is very black and white: You're a sinner, and you need Jesus.
Unless there ain't a Jesus -- and therein lies the problem, as far as I can tell.
As her only child, I'm slightly stuck with a legacy of mental anguish and torment. As nearly all of her living siblings believe the same way as she does, she's well girded -- ironically and sadly, by the stupidest arguments, and the weakest of defenses. At least in numbers.
But she's still my mother.
As much as I know that "coming out" would be something beneficial for me, I simply don't think it's cool to give myself strength props, at the expense of my mother's emotional pain.
Please tell me I'm not the only person who feels this way... that it's okay to continue sitting on it.