The following is a conversation between me, a friend, and her husband.
Me: Why do you look upset?
Husband: I just got off the phone with a man I hate.
Me: Hate? Really? Why?
Husband: I hate him because – well, he’s my enemy, and the enemy of my family.
Me: Why does your family hate him?
Husband: Not just him – his whole clan.
Husband: He’s our sworn enemy – you wouldn’t understand.
Me: Do you, or does anyone in your family, remember why he’s your enemy?
Husband: Well, perhaps, but still, if he were in this room, I’d kill him.
Me: Really? Why?
Husband: That’s just the way it is.
Wife: You know, I don’t think that’s the right way.
Husband: Yes, you know it is.
Wife: No, I’ve read the Injil; it’s different. It doesn’t talk about killing.
Husband: Christians are weak.
Me: Well, I don’t think we’re weak. We follow the words of Esa (Jesus).
Wife: Yes, I think Esa says you should love your enemies.
Husband: Ha! I don’t think so.
Me: Well, yes, actually, those are the words of Esa in the Injil.
Husband: That’s crazy.
Wife: And I think it also says if someone hits you on one cheek, you should give him the other one.
Husband: Ha! In Islam it says you should hit him back—twice as hard!
This portion of our conversation ended there – with me wondering why anyone would espouse such a religion, and Husband wondering why a Christian would allow themselves to be so exposed.