Justice, Compassion and Forgiveness in 2012 China

Since the occasion, content and persona non grata status of the authors/interviewee make these two articles too sensitive in China, I’m not typing them here. You’ll have to click through to get the details. But even in the American mainstream media, I rarely see this kind of thing.

‘I Forgive Them’

I know that those responsible for oppression in China will also find themselves vulnerable one day, just like Absalom did. And so the question stands: When that day comes, will China continue with a pattern of harsh retribution, or a will it begin a path of grace, mercy and compassion? … I still mourn for what “could have been.” And for a long time, I battled bitterness and anger whenever I thought of the leaders who chose to take a path of destruction that day.

But then I was confronted with the example of Jesus. He loved women, children, the poor and the oppressed in a way that was radically countercultural — and he called me to do the same.

He also forgave the very people who ridiculed him and nailed him to a cross: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Luke 24:34)

And again, he called me to do the same.

Because of Jesus, I forgive them.

The Pastor of China’s Underground Railroad

Christians “fill the gap” in civil society. “They were the first group driving the tractors and buses after the earthquake in Sichuan [in 2008]. They were the majority of the volunteers.” […]

“They’re deserted on the street and there’s no government system to take care of them. It was the Christians who brought them into their homes, fed them and gave them education. Then the government arrested them, and forced this leader to put [the children] on the street. He said we would rather [see] them on the street than being taken care of by the Christians.”

We have more on Tiananmen and Christianity in China, but on those topics and others related to this post I also highly recommend the always-impressive Seeing Red in China blog. Here some related stuff from us:

Political clues in the “Chinese Google” — what a Chinese search engine can tell you

Baidu would have been Google’s main competitor in China, if Google had been allowed to compete. Dr. Mary Ann O’Donnell has discovered that a particular very taboo search term is apparently no longer taboo. She perceives a significant power shift, concluding, “it signals the end of the Jiang era. The Two Meetings are churning relentlessly forward and it seems that power has been wrested from Jiang [Zemin]’s hands.” This raises other questions about the possibility that other related and extremely sensitive topics might be opened up in the near future, and what that indicates regarding the character and attitudes toward information of China’s next batch of leaders.

This is especially intriguing given the recent political “Bo-mb” dropped by the authorities last week, and the power struggles that may indicate.

I’d describe her post more clearly if it weren’t loaded with sensitive search terms. So you’ll have to go read it yourself.

Related stuff:

[Photo Gallery:] Tiananmen & The Forbidden City 天安门广场和故宫

Tiananmen Square (天安门广场 tiānānmen guǎnchǎng) and the Forbidden City (a.k.a. the Palace Museum a.k.a. 故宫 gùgōng) during Spring Festival.

Captions are under each photo. You can leave comments on this page at the bottom. (For an interesting historical overview of slogans on the Gate of Heavenly Peace, see here.)

2010 Feb 21