She saw that the brothers and sisters at our church would give up great jobs that paid well and live a very modest life for a better marriage. That is totally different from the dominant view of marriage in our city.
If I believed in Christianity, I would be totally a disciple of God. I would obey what God tells me to do, and from this perspective I think I would have better relationships with others. In the long term, it would give me some surprises.
Recently, as I have grown older, I’ve realized everyone has his or her own problems. They don’t show it; they bury it in the bottom of their heart. That is why we should show more kindness and more generosity to other people.
Therefore our Chinese culture is about self-redemption; not for the religious people, but also for the atheists. Religious people do so through their good behavior; atheists seek security through wealth, power, and high-paying jobs.
My prayer is that we will find and understand that our identity is in Christ, and that China Partnership will be about loving those who are in the kingdom, and calling those who are outside of the kingdom into the kingdom.
From what our brothers and sisters share with me, many people around them live in a state of hopelessness because they feel their lives have no purpose. When he is not receiving any care, his soul can be very impoverished.
A lot of people come to faith here in the U.S., and they answer God’s call to be full-time gospel workers. But do you know the problem with returning to China? In China, they ask pastors to be poor, to be always busy, and to be willing to die at any time.