It’s funny how conversation flows. We started talking about my family and my time at home and then somehow started talking about my unmarriedness. This subject comes up frequently here, though rarely among the boys. After talking about it for a bit, they said that I would of course want to marry a Christian. To which I answered, yes, of course, he would need to be a Christian. One of the boys said “But all white foreigners are Christians.” To which I responded “No! No, not all foreigners are Christians.”
This is a sentiment that I get a lot. Just as it is assumed that all Arabs here are Muslims, it is assumed that all white people are Christians. I have to explain that many are not, and that there are some who are by word only and not by deed.
This is part of the problem of why many folks here don’t view Christians in the best light. It is assumed that all Westerners are Christians, and therefore all of the garbage on TV and in movies, are a product from Westerners, “Christians,” and therefore we all must be like this. It is for this reason that Western morals and therefore Christian morals are viewed as being rather poor.
So when I get an opportunity to bring light to this I do. And when people bring up religion I don’t stop at saying that I am a Christian. I also say that I love God so much. Saying I am Christian holds little meaning here, really. It’s like saying “Yes, I’m white.” It is important for me to say, and show that I love God. People do notice a difference. I want to be as far as possible from the associations from the media of a young white lady.