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Review of the Skit “Watch Over This House”: How Does the CCP Monitor Christians?
By Fu Jia
Since the Christian Church released skit series, they have really clicked with audiences. The program not only doesn’t lose the distinctiveness of the skit, but also makes us understand Christians’ truest situation in Mainland China nowadays. Recently, the skit Watch Over This House again widens our “knowledge.”
In the opening scene of the skit, Uncle Sheng explains the reason why they moved to the city, letting us know that this apartment is the home of Christians. The old couple don’t introduce themselves too much, but instead, through others’ words such as “The old couple across from me is honest, well-behaved, and does good things for people,” “They often have guests, but their guests seem to be respectable people,” “He doesn’t have any bad habits. He might believe in God,” we gain some understanding of the old couple. Frankly speaking, they are indeed worthy of being admired; under the circumstances of being monitored by various forces, they can still say, “Even if we have to move 100 times more, we will be resolute in our faith and follow God,” which allows us to see even more the faith and determination of Christians to set their hearts on following God and the hardships of Christians in China.
In the skit, the four persons who watch Christians are like the people at four levels of China’s society. Wei Qian belongs to the grassroots level, and he is the type of flunky. He is a resident and also Uncle Sheng’s neighbor. Hearing the words of Wei Qian, we know that he lives up to his name (The name of Wei Qian has the same sound as “Wei Qian” meaning “for money”). His words “As long as I can make money, I’ll do anything! The government is striking hard at religion, reporting believers means big money. I better keep an eye on this household!” echo with the topic. He really does a “good job”—He watches the old couple’s each and every move, and even eavesdrop on the words they say at home. When learning that Uncle Sheng is a believer of Almighty God, he excitedly calculates how much he will earn by grabbing Christians and he even asks another person to watch the apartment after he is hit and then goes to a clinic for curing. These scenes show vividly this figure “Wei Qian.” Behind this, it is not hard to see that, in order to arrest Christians, the CCP doesn’t hesitate to pour in heavy funds and uses all strength of the whole country to monitor Christians. It can be called that they have really given much thought to the matter.
Xiaowang, a neighborhood committee member, belongs to the lowest level in the system of the CCP and she is the type of person who digs up information and watches Christians. She has long years of work experience, and knows that she must pander to and implement all of the documents issued by the government if she wants to keep her job. Many lines of hers are incisive and penetrating, such as “It’s for your own good. This way, if anything happens, you won’t be able to run away!” “To keep its grip on political power, the Party Central Committee does everything possible to control the people,” exposing the CCP’s ulterior motives of registering registered residence: They are for preventing people from believing in God and not for the sake of people’s safety. It truly is “hanging up a sheep’s head but selling dog’s meat”!
Bu Jianguang, a CCP policeman, pretending to be a staff who inspects gas pipes, enters Uncle Sheng’s apartment. His purpose is to plant a bug. His work of disguising himself to inspect believers is under-the-table. (His name Bu Jianguang has the same sound as “Bu Jianguang” meaning “never sees the light”) However, it is just because he is in disguise that he attracts the security guard Huge’s attention. Then they start an internecine struggle in Uncle Sheng’s home. Isn’t this that they fall into their own cunning schemes? The performance in the skit is a portrayal of life, and makes us see that the means the CCP employs to monitor Christians are extremely insidious. In China, one day maybe the persons who come to the people’s families to examine gas pipes, radiator or water gauges will be the CCP’s spies in disguise to monitor Christians. Nominally, we possess our own house—but in reality, the CCP police can come in at the drop of a hat, and even monitor and control our house. There is no human rights and freedom to speak of.
What we can’t ignore is that there is a very important person in the skit, Chief Long. From the opener to the end, he doesn’t show his face but all the people who come to Uncle Sheng’s apartment are assigned by him. We all know that, the ancient Chinese emperors were all covered with Dragon Robe, and they used dragon to represent the supreme power and status in the nation (The word “Dragon” can be translated as “Long” in Chinese). “Chief Long” implies the highest ruler of China. Therefore, why do Christians meet with this kind of treatment? Who gives orders? We can easily imagine it.
I remember Xiaowang in the skit says, “Central leadership sent down instructions to….” We can see that Uncle Sheng’s family is merely a microcosm of innumerable Chinese Christians watched by the CCP. It’s such a big country but there is no Christians’ resting place. Yet the old couple still steadfastly follow God, and I seem to hear their hearts’ voice: As we have God at our side, wherever we move, there is “home.”
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