In 1949, when Mao Zedong took over the mainland of China, his first acts included the elimination of all possible enemies. Christian missionaries were expelled. Then, a murderous rampage swept across China. Christian pastors and leaders, all government officials, people educated in or who had visited America, business leaders, and others were executed. Millions were murdered.
Mao dispatched a young lieutenant to the rural villages of China. His job was to carry out Mao’s brutal orders. Like all of Mao’s close associates, he was an ardent murderer.
But the young lieutenant came upon a village populated by zealous Christians, taught by Watchman Nee. These Christians fasted and prayed for him and he was saved.
In fact, the young lieutenant was gloriously saved. So much so, that the young man decided to return to Peking (now Beijing) and tell Mao the good news about Jesus.
Mao’s reaction to the young lieutenant’s testimony was instantaneous and gruesome. The dictator had the young man’s wife and children arrested and brought in, lined up in front of the lieutenant. A soldier stood behind each one with a pistol to each head.
“Reject your faith in Jesus,” said Mao to the young lieutenant.
The young man fell to his knees, pleaded, and wept. “I can’t. What’s happened to me is real,” he said.
His family was executed before his eyes.
Not satisfied, Mao brought in the lieutenant’s father, mother, brothers, sisters, and all of his relatives. Each with a soldier’s pistol to the head.
Once again, Mao said, “Reject your faith in Jesus.”
The young man pleaded and wept. “I can’t,” he said.
His whole family was wiped out.
Then, every friend that the young man had ever known was brought in. Each suffered the same fate as his family.
Mao decided the young lieutenant was not worthy of death. He ordered him stript naked and thrown into the worst prison in China. On a regular basis, he was brutally beaten.This nightmare continued for the young man for nearly twenty years, until the Cultural Revolution of the late 1960′s.
The young man’s legacy at the prison was that he led over 90% of his guards to Christ. These converted guards smuggled Bibles and books into prison for the man.
Larry Burkett told this story on his radio program. He had heard the Chinese man speak at a large church in Georgia while the man toured churches across America.
The Chinese man concluded his testimony that night by saying, “I have seen your American Christianity and that’s not the Jesus I know.” He stood at the podium and wept for us American believers.
Today I prayed for us Americans:
Lord, I pray for us American believers that we may know You and the power of Your resurrection and may share in Your sufferings, becoming like You in Your death. (Based on Philippians 3:10)
What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you?
Join with me on Fridays to fast and pray for prisoners, according to Hebrews 13:3.