Family is a complex landscape with clashes of values and beliefs that can often lead to challenging situations. For one Reddit user, her decision to offer her grieving brother a place to stay after a tragic loss quickly becomes a test of patience and conflicting ideologies.
A Strict Religious Family
The Original Poster (OP) aged 29, and her siblings aged 22 and 15 were raised by strict, fundamentalist Christians.
She Left Her Home
OP left her home when she turned 17 to join the military.
Her Brother Was Religious
While she distanced herself from the fundamentalist Christianity practiced by her family, her brother remained a devoted believer.
About a month ago OP’s brother’s wife and two children passed away in a car accident.
She Let Her Brother Stay With Her
Although OP and her brother don’t get along very well, he is still family.
So OP offered to let her brother stay with her since he didn’t want to go home and have to see his family’s belongings
She Went Back to Her Routine
After a week or two, OP was back to her regular routine.
OP says she didn’t know what to do other than return to her routine because her brother spends most of his time in his room being depressed.
He Refused to Get Help
She offered her full support and even told him to consult a therapist or psychologist. But, he refused saying that “the Lord provides” and will help him with his problem.
So OP left him to his beliefs and carried on.
She Started Dating
OP started going on dates and ended up clicking with one man.
One day, when they went to his apartment, his roommates started having a huge argument, so he asked if they could leave for OP’s place.
They spent the entire night on the couch and watched GBBO.
He Lectured Her on “Dating”
Things turned ugly when her brother decided to give her a speech on “appropriate interactions” with males she’s not married to.
She Snapped at Him
OP got angry and warned him, telling him that the only reason she was allowing him to stay was because of what happened.
As a result, her brother went silent and returned to his room.
He Gave Her Religious Advice
However, in the days that followed, her brother gave her advice on successful relationships. OP reminded him once more that his wife is the only reason she hasn’t kicked him out into the streets.
Things Took a Turn
The story took an unexpected turn when OP’s sister reached out with a distressing revelation.
Her Sister Came Out
When OP went to see her, she was sobbing openly, her bag was packed, and OP could hear her parents arguing inside.
OP’s sister confessed to being gay and feared the repercussions of their parents discovering her secret relationship.
Her Sister Wanted a Place to Stay
She told OP she can’t stay with her parents or with OP because their brother is there and would probably find out about it from their parents.
She Took Her In
But OP assured her that she can remain in her room and they’ll figure it out in the morning, adding that she’ll sneak her in without their brother noticing.
OP didn’t want to leave her somewhere or with someone she doesn’t know.
Her Brother Advised on “Temptation of Sin”
However, when the morning came, they all sat down at the kitchen table, and then her brother began giving his “You must resist the temptation of sin” speech.
OP sent her sister to her room and ordered her brother to stop right away.
She Got Angry
He started arguing with OP about how “we have to save her from these feelings.”
OP snapped at him telling him that he has 30 seconds to start packing and stop talking or she’ll call the police.
Readers Support Her
OP felt bad about what happened and she took to Reddit to ask whether she was wrong. Redditors supported her and said she was not wrong and that her brother can stay with his parents as they sound like they would get on just fine.
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