A Jewish friend was recently asked to be serve as a Godparent (Godfather) to the child of his Christian friend. I would like to know if a Jew may accept such a request and if not why not.
Wikipedia says that the godparent
is someone who bears witness to a child's christening and later is willing to help in their catechesis (basic Christian religious education), as well as their lifelong spiritual formation.
In both religious and civil views, a godparent tends to be an individual chosen by the parents to take an interest in the child's upbringing and personal development, to offer mentorship or claim legal guardianship of the child if anything should happen to the parents.
It seems obvious to me that it is not the role of a Jewish person to instruct others in their own religion.
If the requested role is purely civil, I see no major objection. But the friend should CYLOR.