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China: “Be a Good Example”

(Source: VOM Radio. Edited and condensed for length)

Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops. — Luke 12:2-3

Pastor Enfu leads a church in China that is not a government-approved church. Recently, he told VOM Radio host Todd Nettleton about how the Chinese government spies on Christians. Read part of their conversation below.

Todd: I know that your government sometimes tells pastors that they have to put up cameras in their churches if they want to keep meeting. You know that the government can watch you anywhere you go. How does that affect you?

Pastor Enfu: When we preach, it’s almost like we have an additional audience. We are mindful of that. The government officials need to hear the gospel, too.

When you walk in the streets, there is a high definition video recorder. In the subway stations, you can see the receiver. Everything is recorded, even cell phones.

Todd: So they even hear what you say!

Pastor Enfu: Therefore, as pastors, we have to live our lives according to what we do as Christians. If we smile and everything is good in public, and at home we fight, the government is looking through the camera. They say, “He is a Christian pastor, he is nice in the church, but at home he is angry all the time.” So that is a bad testimony. I tell pastors, “Be a good example in public and private.”

Todd: I think that is an amazing response. I think for us as Americans, we would say, “The government is watching us all the time. That is terrible.” What I hear you saying is, “The government is watching all the time. That is an opportunity to be a witness.”

Pastor Enfu: Yes, definitely.

To Talk About
What would you do differently if you knew that cameras tracked you all the time?


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