A Muslim woman refuses to open the door to a negotiator that was trying to gain possession of the house for the original Christian owner.
A Muslim family had moved into the house when the original occupants had fled, fearing retribution when their two sons were imprisoned on a false 295(c) blasphemy charge. The Christian family has not yet been able to reclaim their home.
My initial response to witnessing this was anger. Anger at the woman and her husband for stealing this home. Anger at local government for failing to help. Anger at myself for being impotent to intervene. My anger then turned into, dare I say, hatred for this woman and the system that allowed it.
But, I no longer want to walk in hatred. It serves no purpose. I still desire justice and want to “plead the cause of the poor and needy” (Proverbs 31:9). I have to remember that this lady is a victim too, a victim of a system that blinds her from walking a life of truth and grace.
(Canon 5D, 24-105mm @47mm, 1/320 sec, f5.6, ISO 400)
Part of an ongoing project about the persecution of Christians in Pakistan.
©Copyright Gary S. Chapman 2009