When my father who is a minster went to Grand Cayman with other missionaries, they went to build a church there.
Before leaving America, someone had mentioned something about land that was being sold. When they went they had the privilege of meeting the owner of the land she told them this story:
You are not the first ones who wanted to build on this land. Someone came to me before and wanted to build. And when I asked them, what you will like to build, they replied, a liquor store. To which I told them no, building a liquor store on this land will desecrate my parents legacy. However; building a church on this land, will honor them.
And thus a Holy Temple Church was built-in George Town, Grand Cayman.
Many times we walk on land, walk into neighborhoods, go into buildings or live on land and we do not know the history of the land.
I do not know the true history of the land I live on.
I should but I don’t. The older I become the more I am curious about land and who owns it. Who have the right legally over it? Which leads to more questions than answers and constant research.
I have never fully thought about how a community could be desecrating land by the activities that goes on within the community. For example, I consider liquor bad and hate to see the stores in the community but I never thought about the store itself as a fragment of desecration; nevertheless, now I understand that because of the activity that goes on in the store and around the store this makes the God who made the land or the people who died on or for the land debased.