And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. (Mark 16:15-16)
A recent report on American-Interest.com documents another of many persecutions of Christians in the People’s Republic of China and the potential long-term effect of a growing Christian presence in that country.
Christianity is spreading rapidly through China, and the ruling party is struggling to respond. There are many signs of official pressure against Christians.
From President Xi’s perspective this may be part of a policy designed to help stabilize and modernize Communist Party rule. In addition to pressuring and persecuting Christians, President Xi is supporting a revival of “authentic” Chinese religious and cultural traditions by promoting Buddhism and a Confucian ethical and philosophical system to compete with Christianity and Islam.
So far President Xi is acting more like the Roman Emperor Diocletian who ordered Christian persecutions in A.D. 303 than like a Chinese version of Constantine, the Roman emperor who issued the famous Edict of Milan in A.D. 313, which declared Christianity a legal religion.
Christians in China need our support. Pray that Christianity continues to grow and that a future Chinese leader will take the Constantinian path — a choice that will have far reaching consequences in and outside China.