It gives a fascinating insight into the people of Afghanistan, particularly the women, and how Islam affects their lives and relationships.
McCord worked among the Afghan people, befriending them and regularly visiting their homes; sharing her faith in Jesus and her understanding of God, whenever possible.
While Islam and Christianity embrace very different views of God, McCord makes use of a few common areas of belief to build a bridge to the gospel and present a clear contrast between the Moslem and Christian views of God.
McCord writes of how “Afghans almost universally believe in the concept of kismet, fate. Whatever happens happens because Allah wills it, no matter whose hand has accomplished the thing”.
She addresses this with a group of Afghan women while discussing a deadly car bombing in Kabul that destroyed a bus and killed many including a young mother:
“God told us not to kill. We cannot disobey God in the name of God. That is a lie. God told us to love Him with all our hearts, all our minds, and all our strength. Then He told us to love our neighbours. If a man kills his neighbour, he is disobeying God. This man who blew up the bus and killed that mother did not do the will of God. He did the work of Satan. God will judge him”
One woman in the room responded by sharing another story.
“Our town was at peace. We didn’t know war. We were happy. One day my cousins and aunts were gathered in the house preparing [food] for a wedding party. A bomb fell. We found pieces of dough, bundles of meat, hair ties, scarves, and scraps of bloody fabric. Even the part of the ceiling that didn’t fall was covered with blood and pieces of bodies”
… we all looked at the swirling red carpet . Each woman muttered “Tobah” repent.
After a long pause I restated what I absolutely believe to be the truth: “That was not the will of God, either”
“No,” the women agreed. “That is not the will of God.”
McCord gives the Chrisitan reader a lot of food for thought.
“For many Westerners, the question of who God is and what He wants for and from us is simply not relevant. We are, after all, wealthy and busy. For Afghans, it may be the most important question of all.”
And she confesses to something that I think affects most western Christians to one degree or another:
“Sometimes I forget to differentiate between what I believe as an American woman and what I believe the Bible teaches. America is my culture, and Jesus is my Saviour and Lord. Sometimes it’s hard to untangle the two. Afghans challenged me to try.