Saturday, October 22, 2005

This is bad

Every American Christian knows about the suffering of the church in China, the beatings, the torture, and yes the occasional murder of Christian believers by the Chinese authorities.

Recently, however, there has been a sinister new twist to these cruel practices.

In Hunan province in the past month, the authorities have started kidnapping Christian leaders, taking them to hidden locations, and then subjecting them to mind-altering drugs.

Several Christians have recovered from stupor, only to discover, to their horror, that they have betrayed their fellow-believers while temporarily under the influence of these malign chemicals.
(Read the whole thing here.)

This is really bad. I know several people over there in the mission field. The worst that is likely to happen to them is that they get thrown out of the country. The same cannot be said for the groups they serve. These tactics were developed by the old Soviet Union, and the Chinese have been good students.

I like the chance to buy cheap overseas goods as much as the next guy, but let’s not forget what we support when we play slap and tickle with the Chinese. We get so lost in our toys and comforts that we give aid and comfort to those who not only savage their own people but, given half a chance, would destroy us as well.