I’ve been in Las Palmas for a month now. I’ve been wondering where the rest of the city is? You know, the parts where the local folks live? Like the shopkeepers, the bus drivers, the garbage collectors, and dock workers, where do they live? I went out over the weekend. Instead of following the tourist signs, I went the other way. I was rewarded with finding the other Las Palmas.
Today, I watched “The Stoning of Soraya M.” This movie, which takes place in Iran, depicts the true story of a husband’s plot to be rid of his wife so he can marry a 14 year old girl! The husband is sinister and evil. He is abusive and malevolent. She refuses to divorce him. He turns her two small sons against her. Sharia law says that adultery is punishable by stoning. So he concocts a lie and coerces a neighbor to lie as well. On the witness of just 2 people, she is convicted! No attorneys. No court. Just an angry mob of men who have no love or respect for the women in their town. Looking into the eyes of Soraya’s husband, one could see the darkness of evil. All I could think was, how am I supposed to love him or any of the men of that village for that matter? But then I realized it’s everywhere, the all pervading darkness of evil. It just looks different in different cultures. The stoning was as graphic as the torture and crucifixion of Christ in “The Passion of the Christ.”
When it was over, I found myself asking God why? Then I raced to church as fast as I could to just praise him. I realized I have been blind to the trials of the Muslim world. I cried and cried and prayed for God to save the people of Iran. I n God’s perfect timing, the sermon was entitled “Why Do Bad Things Happen!” Isn’t God awesome that he would speak to me just what I needed to hear at just the right moment?
Watch this film with extreme caution. Pray beforehand. It is one of the most disturbing films I’ve seen in a long time. Fictional monster movies have nothing on the real thing. And please pray for the people of Iran!