“Do you like your caste? asked my young teenage friend, Aamira.
A little confused, I turned to look at her as we walked the dusty, uneven road toward home in the late afternoon. What do you mean? I asked.
Your casteChristian. I like mine. Aamira comes from a Muslim family.
Oh, I see what you mean. Well, caste is something youre born into, right? She nodded. I went on, Christianity isnt something youre born into like caste. Its a choice.
She turned to look at me, visibly surprised. A choice?
Yes, a choice. We were just steps away from where we would go our separate ways. We will talk about it again when we have more time, I told her. But to answer your question, yes, I very much like being a Christian.
How many others have a similar misunderstanding? How does this affect their openness to Christianity? I wonder. Im praying Aamira and I can continue that conversation soon.