Persecuted Chinese Christians

 With the 2008 Olympics being hosted in Beijing, China, there has been increased attention on many aspects of life in China.  One area of focus has been the plight of Christians in China.  There are a significant number of Christians in China and their numbers are growing.  Untold numbers worship in underground, nonregistered churches.  There are numerous reports of Chinese Christians who have been persecuted for their faith, even in 2008.  There are many who are not allowed to worship the God they adore freely and openly without fear of retribution, punishment or discouragement.

Safely Home, by Randy C. Alcorn, is an incredible work of fiction based on real life struggles of Chinese believers that Alcorn collected from numerous sources.  Alcorn leaves a note for the reader before the book begins:

     “The City I’ve called Pushan is fictitious.  As far as I know, there is no Pushan in the area I’ve described.  If there is, I’ve never been there and have no knowledge of it.  While many things in this book have actually happened in one way or another, I have made up the story.  Still, I have attempted to keep it authentic and true to life in as many details as possible.  Nearly all my characters are fictitious.  Some are composites of several real people.  Whenever I was thinking of someone in particular I changed his name and life details so it would be impossible to identify him.”

What follows is an amazing, captivating and gripping narrative that, for me, was soul-stirring and faith-challenging.  As the 2008 Olympic Games comes to a close, and all the gold, silver and bronze medals awarded, may we remember those killed, abused and thwarted because of their faith.  There are no gold medals to award, no accolades to bestow, no interviews to give and no commercials to film. 

But for you, faithful ones, wherever you are, keep the faith.  God sees.  God knows.  God hears.  Cheers of encouragement and prayers go out for you, all of you Christians who live day-to-day around the world persecuted because of your faith.  Sometimes under cover of night in hidden rooms, sometimes with just the threat of and sometimes actual violence, sometimes losing all you have including your families and sometimes paying the ultimate, even your lives.  Until you are safely home, God bless you and keep you, my brothers and sisters in the Lord.  Godspeed.

 

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5 responses to “Persecuted Chinese Christians

  1. I never read this book.
    According to words I read here, it is not true.
    In China, religion is free as my best knowledge. My mother in law lives in China. She is a christian.

  2. Thanks Martin for stopping by. I have not been to China but have heard several first-hand accounts and read multiple articles that address religious freedom in China. Though there is supposedly freedom of religion in China, what actually occurs is often different. Thus there are those that are not completely free to worship as they wish. It is well-known that there are state sponsored churches and there are those that are not. There are multiple stories of persecution and restriction of religious freedoms. Here are a few links that discuss the issue more thoroughly.

    http://www.acton.org/commentary/469-chinas-march-against-religious-freedom.php

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Status_of_religious_freedom_in_the_People's_Republic_of_China

    http://www.mnnonline.org/article/11543

    http://www.religiousfreedom.com/wrpt/Chinarpt.htm

  3. The underground church in China has been on my heart for a while now. I would highly recommend another book that deals with the persecution of the Christian house churches in China. “The Heavenly Man” written by Brother Yun. It is his true autobiography and talks about his life as a Christian leader and being persecuted, imprisoned, tortured, and exiled for his faith. A must read. The remarkable thing is that it is a true story.

    Many Christians in China are still being persecuted for their faith. But the Holy Spirit is running wild in China, and many Chinese citizens are falling in love with Jesus.

  4. I haven’t heard of that book but I’ll look into it. It’s amazing what’s going on in China. It’s amazing what persecution does too. You can try to contain it but it just doesn’t work.

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