My name is Chow Non Phat, and I am officially the Deputy Assistant Minister for Diet Control in the People’s Republic of China.
And I am very interested in this question:
Will the United States Survive
Oh, and I am also a Chinese spy, here on the ground in America with Paula Wong, who is a fellow agent and the love of my life.
Well, at least… We were Chinese spies.
Now we’re unsure of our status. There is another fellow agent who wants to crush me and he may be getting what he wants.
You see, Paula and I got into what you American’s might call ‘a bit of a pickle’ with both my government and yours. If you want to bite into that pickle, keep reading on this website.
For starters, Paula and I are on the run, hiding out in the foothills of The Strange Uncharted Mountains near Hector Klumpp’s hometown of Nibbling, Minnesota.
And we have decided to publish this web site in our effort to find out what Christians in America want here in the unfolding drama of America.
But, to help you understand where all the material on this web site comes from, I felt it necessary to tell you my story.
I was born in China in 1985, and like many in China, I am an only child. And, like you, I grew up to deeply love the people around me. At first, since Mom died before I can remember, my loyalty centered on my Dad, and his brother, my Uncle.
But, when I was just four years old, my world imploded when my Dad disappeared, abandoning me. My Uncle took me in and raised me like I was his own. He saved me from a life of despair. I will always be deeply grateful to him and willing to put my skin in the game on his behalf.
My Uncle grew to become General Tso, a major player in the Central Military Commission of the People’s Republic of China. I followed in his footsteps and became a member of our intelligence community. I was officially the Deputy Assistant Minister for Diet Control, working directly for my Uncle. Devoted to him, I was very proud of my country.
But, because of my ongoing troubles and consistent lack of skills, there were times when I was like a frightened baby bird in the nest.
And then, in 2012, a beautiful black swan flew by. Her name is Paula Wong. While I was still staring at her stunning plumage, my Uncle kicked me out of the nest. And, to test my wings, he sent me to a Robert McKee Story Seminar in Beijing –with Paula!
Following this were two remarkable years on assignment in Hollywood, during the first part of Obama’s second term as president.
Paula and I flew beautifully together in America as spies for China. And that was also where I met Hector Klumpp, who is now the head of the Nihilist Lites of America, and we became best friends and roommates.
My Uncle had landed me in Hollywood heaven. My Uncle was pleased, the Party was pleased, Paula and I fell in love, and I had never had a friend like Hector.
But, that’s when the villain entered my story, upsetting everything. Shih Tzu is his name, and you’ll see him wreaking havoc throughout this website, like he did in my life.
My enemy — my own countryman and fellow agent, Shih Tzu — would love to see me dead.
Why does Shih Tzu hate me so?
For years Shih Tzu and I have had conflict over China’s wisest approach to America as we pursue our China Dream. And, he might end up being a pain for you too, if our story unfolds that way. It’s because of what Shih Tzu wants — to take an aggressive military action against America in order to knock you off your throne and let us rise above you – and all the other nations.
But I believe such a move is too risky – for both the Communist Party and millions of our fellow human beings. So, I want to prevent him from being able to get what he wants.
I want to persuade the Central Military Commission of the People’s Republic of China that we can continue to win against you without fighting. We should pay attention to Sun Tzu instead of Shih Tzu.
But the deeper issue between him and me is love and jealousy. You see, he has long been jealous of my developing love relationship with Paula Wong.
So, Shih Tzu jealously acted in a very tricky way to get me ripped out of Hollywood.
And that’s when my Uncle tested my loyalty to him to the utmost limits—he gave me a crazy assignment.
My assignment had two parts, the first of which wasn’t so crazy. My Uncle had asked me to head a team which was assigned to explore the question…
Will the United States Survive
It’s a great question, right? We in China are highly interested in its answer so we can know how to move forward in our tense game of thrones with the superpower America.
My team was delighted to plunge ahead with this part of the assignment, feeling it could catapult our careers.
But there was another part. My Uncle put me and our relationship to a tremendous test. He wanted me to consider the Will the United States Survive question…
…while also considering something crazy… An impossible possibility….
Christianity may be the story
we are in.
And that made it a crazy assignment.
No other intelligence team in the history of the People’s Republic of China has had to bear this burden.
And this crazy assignment made my team and I lepers in the Chinese intelligence community.
After all, who wants to be associated with such a task when the Communist Party of China is currently moving China’s Christians further on to desperate ground?
Be that as it may, we desire — like I suspect you do — to help the whole world avoid suffering a military conflict between our two countries as we vie for supremacy in this game of thrones.
That’s what we want.
So, I’ll go out on a limb here because: I think you may be interested in helping me.
I need help answering a very important question, a question we were taught to ask by someone to whom we owe an enormous debt of gratitude–the great Robert McKee, the modern Aristotle of story.
McKee helped us to see that we need to know what Christians in America really want, here in the drama of America.
So here’s the simple question…
What do you Christians in America WANT?
Easy, right? Simple. Small. Want is a simple word. A small word.
It may sound like a small thing, but it isn’t.
It’s a big thing.
A really big thing.
And it may sound deceptively simple to answer, but because relationships– like the one you Christians have with your God–are complicated, filled with competing desires, it can turn into a most difficult question. It’s like this scene in your movie, The Notebook…
You see that? She doesn’t know. And, she says she has to go.
But maybe you Christians in America might want to hang around and think about it…
What do you want?James K.A. Smith, You Are What You Love
That’s the question. It is the first, last, and most fundamental question of Christian discipleship. In the Gospel of John, it is the first question Jesus poses to those who would follow him. When two would-be disciples who are caught up in John the Baptist’s enthusiasm begin to follow, Jesus wheels around on them and pointedly asks, “What do you want?” (John 1:38).
It’s the question that is buried under almost every other question Jesus asks each of us. “Will you come and follow me?” is another version of “What do you want?,” as is the fundamental question Jesus asks of his errant disciple, Peter: “Do you love me?” (John 21:16 NRSV).
Jesus doesn’t encounter Matthew and John-or you and me and ask, “What do you know?” He doesn’t even ask, “What do you believe?” He asks, “What do you want?” This is the most incisive, piercing question Jesus can ask of us precisely because we are what we want. Our wants and longings and desires are at the core of our identity, the wellspring from which our actions and behavior flow. Our wants reverberate from our heart, the epicenter of the human person. Thus Scripture counsels, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it” (Prov. 4:23).
So, if you can bring yourself to stick around and face this deceptively difficult question, we think you’ll be glad you did.
For we have discovered that the answer to that question is the watershed which could determine the direction my country may take concerning military conflict with your increasingly Untied States of America.
I know. It sounds absurd that finding out what Christians in America really want as your drama unfolds would be a key influential factor in our military strategy, but it is. And in this site we will be explaining how that is.
Here is Our Crazy Big Idea:
So, we are exploring questions like these…
What if your God, the Great Storyteller, chose Donald Trump to put America’s Christians to a test as America’s drama unfolds? Will the Christians love their enemies and try to reopen the conversation in America? Or will they reject what their God wants them to want and continue their death march into the Danger Zone of the House Divided?
And what if America may die by suicide, not solely because of our secular story allies in your country and their rejection of your God, but rather, what if the greater burden lies with the American Christians, who have a love crisis with their God, as they keep God at a distance and focus on themselves?
So, we are exploring the possibility that your God may be the active protagonist in the story we are in.
Shocked? I know, it’s a lot to swallow. These were shocking discoveries for us too.
So, on this site I’ll introduce you to the epiphanies we have come to see which led us to that shocking big idea we laid on you.
Be warned, these epiphanies may upend your life. Believe me, they sure upended mine. Especially these two shocking questions…
Which story are we in?
Who are we, here in the story?
The Strange Structure of This Crazy Site
Because of the overwhelming amount of research we ended up with, we decided to create a structure which takes a look at it through a variety of lens.
As you’ll see, it all hangs on this crazy possibility. And we are so grateful to Robert McKee for opening our eyes.
What a fascinating drama you have been.
If Christianity is the story we are in, you may want to consider the possibility that God the Great Storyteller may be bringing the story of America to its end.
We are so grateful to Shawn Coyne for helping us to see through The Eight Way Stations of change…
Because what a big idea book is it’s a process of trying to persuade people to change themselves. So we learned from Kubler-Ross how people actually experience change. So if you use her eight moments as inspirations to drive your book and they will progressively lead to hopefully your reader deciding to make a change and those eight stages, these are what I call way stations.Shawn Coyne, Non-fiction Conventions and Obligatory Scenes
So, as your country is coming apart, we want to know if you’ll make a change and try to pull it back from the abyss by attempting to reopen the conversation in America.
What a unique character he is.
But, I would ask you not to get distracted by Donald Trump and his unforgettable face all over this web site.
This is not all about Trump. Believe me, we are not obsessed with the Donald. Believe me.
But we are grateful to Donald — and Jerry Falwell, Jr. Together, they have opened our eyes to so many things we would never have imagined.
We know you don’t give us much thought as the drama of America unfolds. But when you come to understand how brilliant our President Xi Jinping is — and what he wants — then you may begin to wonder what could be in play as you continue to face the major dramatic question in your drama:
How Will This Turn Out?
Because we so want to know if you want to try and reopen the conversation in America, we’d like to show you a unique way you could try to begin to do it.
And this way of seeing flows from the major dramatic question we are all wondering about in our own stories:
How will this turn out?
There you go. So, enjoy looking around this website at the material we uncovered in our research.
And please, come back as often as you’d like. We’ll continue to revise and reshape it, hopefully keeping it fresh and current.
And since, as you’ll see on this website, we now think it is possible your story may play out in a horrifying way, you may want to consider this…
And will this song become your new national anthem?
Or, how about this song from back in the 1960’s?
Oh, and this one too…
So, you may want to get ready as the drama of America unfolds. It’s time to begin to ask the major dramatic question…
How will this