Chinese Christian Summoned for Speaking on “Christianity and Chinese Culture”
Ran Yunfei, a Chinese writer and a high-profile democracy activist who converted to Christianity in 2016, was briefly summoned on November 4 by the police after he gave a lecture in the webinar titled “Christianity and Chinese Culture.”
Ran, who was baptized by Pastor Wang Yi at Chengdu’s Early Rain Covenant Church, has been actively involved in sharing the Gospel after his conversion. As a speaker, Ran was scheduled to share three times at the “Gospel During the Pandemic” online preaching webinar from November 3 to November 5.
On November 3, he successfully gave his talk on “The Substance of Chinese Culture,” where he summarized the characteristics of Chinese culture. However, before the webinar at 5 pm started on November 4, Ran received a phone call from the local police office, demanding him to cancel his following talks.
With him being summoned, the webinar had to play a recorded video instead. Ran only returned home around 11 pm. He shared via WeChat, “I am thankful that I have returned. I cannot share tomorrow as well. But must we share the Gospel through speaking? If you understand that being in chains is sharing the Gospel (not only with the people who talk to you, but also the many who watch you), then we should feel joyful for entering the police station multiple times.”
This was not his first time being summoned by the police. Last April, Ran was taken away by the police station ahead of his preaching webinar as well. Whenever they seek to silence him, they ban him from speaking. “Drinking tea” with the police (another term for being summoned) has already become a norm for Ran.