In America, I get sick of the way Christians are treated. I hate that we are always given the short end of the stick, that we are expected to tolerate other religions and worldviews and never bad mouth them, while all others can bad mouth Christianity as much as they want. Sure, that makes me mad.
But compared to what Christians face in communist China, this is nothing.
America has a lot of Christians in the land of the free, almost capping out at 240,000,000 (around 75%), but China, a communist (and forcefully atheist) country has 100,000,000, a number that has almost doubled the amount of Christians there in 1995.
Reports ring out from all over China that Christians are arrested, nuns are beaten to death, pastors are killed or imprisoned, and so on and so forth all because some people want to have a personal faith in Jesus Christ. These Christians aren’t protesting the government or trying to cause a fuss, they are trying to hide and worship silently, slowly trying to get the message out, with the help of American evangelists.
Some question whether or not God would want American missionaries to break the law in China by passing out illegal literature. After all, doesn’t Romans 13:1 say “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities”? Well, when those authorities blatantly oppress and reject God’s Word, God set aside a special rule, in Matthew 28:18-19, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.”(NIV84)
And China desperately needs the help. Only one company in the nation is allowed to produce Bibles, and these Bibles are severely limited, cutting out everything important and leaving only a message of brotherly love behind. There is no inkling of faith, no word of salvation.
Little educational pamphlets are handed out at elementary schools subtitled: “When evil cults cheat people, pretend to care about you, and make you feel very close to them, you are trapped without being aware.” These pamphlets have cartoon depictions of a man handing out Bibles in one panel, with the caption, “Mr. Wei actively participates in evil cult activities, cheats others, and runs to outside townships to distribute evil cult pamphlets,” and the next is that same man in handcuffs, in a court room, with the subtitle, “After the evil cult was eradicated, Wei was put on trial. He was very remorseful. He explained in the court, ‘I am guilty and should be punished because of my crime.’” Continue Reading