Today, the up surging number of Chinese Christian population (about 100million) is a new form of social movement in China. And so the Chinese Government deems it a rising threat to the absolute power in the country.
‘Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.”’ (John 18:36)
The Chinese Government is systematically persecuting Christians, imprisoning the church leaders, demolishing crosses and church buildings.
In a recent incident, a Christian couple was bulldozed by the authorities who stood in the way of church property to protest church destruction.
The frequency of Christian Persecution has increased in China after the Communist party – the largest atheist organisation of the world, has come to power.
The government shares concern as Christians from nationalised Chinese church, headed by Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association (i.e. Chinese government) are leaving the national church and becoming underground (Church operating without the government’s influence).
About 6 million have already left nationalised church and become underground.
‘We are suffering like Jesus on the cross, we fight for religious freedom and to follow Jesus – but we are not supported by Vatican and China’, cry the Chinese Christians.
And as the ties between the Vatican and China are being bridged, the faithful foresee the Catholic Church to lose its authenticity if the Chinese government is involved in church. The underground church has faced immense persecution and martyrdom since early on, they are not willing to give in to their freedom as Christians and subjugate to atheist heads to lead them.
‘And Jehovah helped them, and rescued them from the wicked, and saved them, Because they have taken refuge in him’. (Psalms 37:40)
May God rescue the faithful in China and pave the way towards religious freedom in China and in the world today.
Undoubtedly, our world is critically in the need of religious freedom!
Is it just China in need of religious freedom today or should we be in the same search of freeing ourselves of religious intolerance within ourselves too?
I am the Holy Name representative for Aid to the Church in Need.