While many others didn’t say it openly because my dad was a respected businessman, we felt the tension in them against us.
We were seen as sinners by some. Most of them even ostracised us from their gatherings and if by any chance we get invited, we wouldn’t get home without getting scoffed at.
My family expected that and my mum, who had been a believer long before she got married, kept us going.
Back then as a 10-year-old, I didn’t question my parents’ motives although my close family and friends tried to explain that changing faith was wrong according to my previous faith.
Growing up in a conservative Indian family, we were not allowed to question our elders’ decisions.
I just went with the flow, although at times I would question myself on the Word of God.
My mum always provided some leeway; she is half caste and I still think she understands situations better than others.
She had always been open to discussions, although at times, she could be harsher than my dad.
She comforted us and it didn’t take long for me to recognise Christ’s mercy. I only wished I had believed in Him without seeing his miracles.
The movie Risen, which has been screening at the Empire Cinema, brought back my memories as a young Christian trying to blend in a community of nonbelievers.
The movie looks at what happened following the crucifixion of Christ from the perspective of unbelievers, and their effort to prove the resurrection wrong.
Roman military tribune Clavius (Joseph Fiennes) after returning from war is asked to investigate the disappearance of the body of Jesus (Cliff Curtis) from his tomb.
He was accompanied by trusted aide Lucius (Tom Felton) and together they set out to disapprove rumours of a risen Messiah. During the investigation, Clavius after seeing some signs is forced to question his own beliefs.
As he gets deeper into the enquiry, Clavius discovers the truth behind the mystery.
Risen gives account to Christ’s resurrection from a different angle - how many nonbelievers at that time, like Clavius, got to know a truth they didn’t want to accept.
It’s a simple movie of faith, courage and determination in the face of adversity. Risen is about awakening your inner convictions in a situation where you can’t believe, although there isn’t any reason not to.
It’s about me when I was 10, how I questioned the Word of God and tested my faith in Him.
It’s about those Christians who in times of hardship and turbulence are left to question their faith in Him.
Risen is about faith in Christ and His promise to the world that He will return one day to take us back with Him.
Until then, keep believing folks.