What would you do if you saw a man about to be burnt alive? A rubber tyre round his neck, his skin damp with fuel and glistening in the sun, his body battered and bruised, his sobs drowned by the cheers of the crowd.
What would you do if you saw a man being burnt alive? Would you bring out your smartphone to record it? Would you stand in the crowd and watch, as the smell of rubber and flesh fill your nose, as the man dances to the flames? Would you get water? Would you cheer and be elated that justice was served?
What stories would you tell about the man that was burnt alive? Would you bring out your phone to show people the video so as to pass on the gist? Would you share it on social media and pass it on as a lesson? What will you tell your children? Will you tell them it is bad to steal or be unlawful because you could get burnt alive? Would you tell them to be prayerful so they don’t get burnt alive by mistake? Would you tell them that burning a man alive is justice? Would you tell them to find a tyre when they spot a thief or anyone they deem worthy of burning alive? Would you teach them this kind of justice?
What prayers would you say after you have watched a man burn alive? Would you still have faith? Would you be hopeful? Would you testify to God’s greatness, for God is truly great, but is burning another man alive the way God wants his greatness to manifest through man? Will you thank God for the opportunity to enact justice? Would you pray for more?
How would you sleep at night after you have watched another man burn alive? What dreams would you dream? Would the memory of his screams and the images of his charred body haunt you?
Would you still look forward to the morning with longing for the life you want to build, the things you want to achieve, or continue your life with bliss? Or would you give up and see life as futile.
What would you do if you saw a man burning alive while men like him gathered around to watch the spectacle of his agony?