The Empire Strikes Back

by Robert Maynard

A recent National Review article shows how Christians are still being persecuted in China:

Persecution of Chinese Christians continued to increase in 2013, according to a new annual report from ChinaAid, a Texas-based organization that monitors religious freedom.

The report documents 134 cases of persecution involving 7,424 Christians in China.

“It should be noted that the information collected by ChinaAid about persecution cases in China is but the tip of the iceberg,” adds ChinaAid. Overall, documented instances of persecution increased by nearly 39 percent over the past year, the report says.

Critics of ChinaAid have noted in the past that its dataset is very limited, and that it fails to take into account the great strides Christians have made in China. Nevertheless, ChinaAid president Bob Fu offers the most comprehensive documentation available of Christian persecution in China. Fu personally endured persecution in China and now reports from Texas.

Chinese Christians still do not enjoy full religious freedom, though their circumstances have improved significantly since the Cultural Revolution. While most Chinese Christians do not experience intense persecution, some do.

The persecution of Christians in China is part of a phenomenon with major implications for the global power structure.  Christiantity is growing fast in what Philip Jenkins, distinguished professor of history and religious studies at Penn State University, refers to as “The Global South”.  No where is that growth more rapid than that of the unofficial “House Church” movement in China.  Here is a youtube clip of a talk by the author of “Jesus in Beijing: How Christianity is Transforming China and Changing the Global Balance of Power.”  “Veteran TIME magazine senior correspondent and Beijing bureau chief, Dr. David Aikman, details the story of China’s enormously rapid conversion to Christianity and what this change means to the global balance of power.”

Stay tuned folks, this could get interesting as “The Empire Strikes Back.”  We all know that empire failed in the Star Wars saga.  So far the Chinese government has had even less success in stopping the rising spread of Christianty there.



“Jesus in Beijing: How Christianity is Transforming China and Changing the Global Balance of Power”


One thought on “The Empire Strikes Back

  1. I get the biggest kick out of this – Communism, the latest and perhaps most powerful humanistic “reinvention of man” movement, totally tanks EVERYWHERE with one exception – China. There it prospers, even if it is communism in name only, and WHERE do we find the masses by the millions rejecting its basic premises and turning to a belief in something beyond the power of mankind? It is as if Someone has said no, no, I don’t want this little morality play to end so soon – I want everyone to keep seeing just how fruitless it is to create a society that forbids Me. The great French philosopher Pascal wrote, “there is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man.” Communism tried its darndest to fill this vaccuum on the macro level – and failed. The Tower of Babel will ALWAYS topple and its people be dispersed. The most stringent and well-reasoned philosophies cannot, for long, make mankind forsake his appetite for food, sex, family and God. It’s who we are.

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