Happy Easter, China

Here’s an update on Easter 2011, mainland China-style:

“…they try to harass your family, your workplace and your landlord. They want to evict you. They want to control you.” [Full article.]

“In April this year, local governments across China started to “settle the score” with the pastors who had actively participated in Lausanne last year … Because of the large number of people who have been detained, the names of the others are still being confirmed … The meeting sites of these pastors’ churches have all been closed down and sealed by the police.” [Full article.] (See Lausanne story background here and here.)

In case you missed it:

The official English-language ‘soft power’ response:

2 thoughts on “Happy Easter, China”

  1. Those involved in going to Lausanne or attempting to do so in order to promote Christianity in China are going about it entirely the wrong way. Instead of employing numbers of believers to force an action some consideration could be given for doing quite the opposite.

    Whatever your beliefs and the methods you use to practice them your goals are best archieved through private communication and communion. If you sit alone or with a few other liked minded people, and your prayers and/or meditative practice is sincere and strong, the feelings will spread beyond the walls and will be reflected in every act of kindness in all that you do. This will create an environment where people not only like and welcome you but want to be like you.

    Setting an example is the best and most lasting way of influencing others. Trying to organise numbers and establish a position that the authoraties regard is hostile to them and their interests does not help promote anything.

    If you have really studued the Bible you will know that Jesus never tried to deliberately force ultimations from those he knew were opposed to him and his teaching but lead by examale through acts of loving kindness. Even when on the Cross,he said, “Forgive them Lord they know no what they do.”

    So instead of selecting methods that are bound to upset the Chinese authoraties and lead to confrontation and a few arrests, why not show some kindness and humility and love them instead? If Jesus was here in China right now it is obvious that is what he would do.

  2. I assume that the people involved are much more attuned to the issues you’ve raised than you or I are. In fact, I know they are because they specifically address most of the concerns you’ve raised publicly online. I doubt they need foreigners to explain to them the nature of their relationship with the Chinese authorities or how to make it better, as if we’d know better than them.

    That said, there is plenty of room for debate about the recent actions of unregistered churches. Did you see this? Was the Shouwang church right to meet publicly?

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