I'm not sure if this is something that is becoming more prevalent or if I am just more in tune to it now but I'm curious to know if others are seeing a similar trend.
Here's the back-story...
I have a best mate, a work mate, and a younger cousin (20) who are all Christian.
Each became heavily involved in their respective church.
All three of them went through a stage of trying to chat church to me. Or softly introduce 'teachings' into a casual conversation.
The less interest I showed the less contact we had. With my best mate and work mate, the catch ups and social visits ground completely to a halt. I would make attempts to catch up but it was clear they had no desire to socialize with anyone outside of the church or their framework of belief.
With my cousin the first point was the same. Where her situation took another step was when she decided to attend a Christian University in preparation for a mission in South America. The crux here was that she needed money to attend. She then took to asking for donations from friends and family through Facebook and email. Instead of sending money I offered the names of other organizations that don't proselytize and push a religious agenda, but which do fantastic work in the same space. I said I would be happy to support her in her endeavors if she took this route.
Ironically, our relationship has come to the same end as the other two. Where she has effectively refused to respond to emails or engage in any sort of catch up or chat.
So what I'm seeing from my friends looks something like this:
(I could probably create a process map which illustrates this nicely)
1. X finds Y religion. X asks if you are interested in joining, chatting about, or exploring Y religion. If no, go to [Get out of the way].
2. X finds Y religion. X asks for $. If no, go to [Get out of the way].
Just curious if anyone else is experiencing something similar to this and if so, is it a recent development?