“Where did you get these strange plants from?” Wei asked.
Sue tried not to panic. “They are gifts.” Why does Wei have to be so nosy? And why is she here instead of at the market?
“Who gave them to you?”
“A friend, I think. I don’t remember.”
“You don’t remember who gave you these ugly plants?” Wei sounded skeptical.
“Wei, aren’t you going to the market?”
“Oh, yes. I’d better leave now.” She scurried off.
Once the coast was clear, Sue went over to the plants and removed the Bibles. It was time to find new hiding places.
This story was inspired by an article I read about China shutting down churches and seizing Bibles in an “ambitious new effort to lessen or even eradicate the influence of Christianity and religion from the country”. So far, the government has shut down hundreds of Christian house churches.
According to Willy Lam of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, “Xi is a closet Maoist—he is very anxious about thought control. He definitely does not want people to be faithful members of the church because then people would profess their allegiance to the church rather than to the party, or more exactly to Xi himself.” Faithful Christians would rather obey God than men and will do so even if it costs them their lives.