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Christianity in China – August 2014 Update

China’s new leader, Xi Jinping, has chosen to follow more closely in the paths of Chairman Mao. Hopefully he will no go to those same extremes – genocidal extremes – but now a political policy of retribution against foes and a collateral cleaning up of nationwide bribes and corruption. I keep up with Gordon Chang for my news.

The purge includes religion. China is trying to invent a new “Christianity.” They have tried this before with poor results. Religions that are invented generally collapse. Recently there has been destruction of church buildings and imprisonment of Christian leaders.

But as usual the church under pressure goes underground. There is a 3-Self Church which tries to endorse communist policy. Believers have their ways of handling this: (1) Ignoring it while practicing privately the true faith (2) Actually following it with meager attendance, or attendance that makes a public show for public purposes and (3) Disappearing completely underground. I made no attempt to visit underground churches while living in China lest I bring the wrath of the state down upon them.

Bibles have been confiscated in greater numbers than just a few years ago. However, both Protestant and Roman Catholic churches have increased their membership and attendance. And some leaders of the latter have openly endorsed the new Pope Francis which is also “illegal.”

Since religion is always personal it is almost impossible to make it anything else. Considering that government pressure against private disagreement has always backfired, one wonders why they continue it? Communist leaders have long recognized that Christian Chinese families are better citizens, pay their taxes and cause fewer ills. So it may actually be harder to make a public spectacle of them on a local level.

When I was in China and followed day and night for 5 weeks, it got to the point of being amusing. I was living a clean life. Eventually I received something of a public “apology” right before I left town. Anything like an apology is difficult for the Chinese because their government tells them they know everything and due to the communist system, they can’t possibly make a mistake.

It is true. Your life may be the only Bible some people can ever read. Meanwhile, Chinese Christians throughout the land are the real Bible of that country and there are millions of them, perhaps as many as 100 million. Pray for them.

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Listening to the Anger of the Underground Chinese Netizens

It is not widely known or communicated that there is a huge, largely underground group of highly dissatisfied Chinese people. They spew the most vicious outbursts against the government at all levels. I try to avoid prurient speech but to no avail. Every possible Western swearword has seeped into Chinese speech. Anyone who thinks that China is a mindless bunch of communist robots has not read their words. It certainly is not a Chinese “spring” vis-à-vis the Middle East. There is no budding, growing green stuff coming forth unless it is bile.

Very elaborate schemes exist in Chinese internet lingo – keep in mind it is a great deal larger than America’s internet usage – to decipher the words which the censors use to keep Google-users in China from learning the truth. This is a permanent daily game. Because of the science and technology expertise of the Chinese – after all they study almost nothing in the social sciences – means they are more than competent to keep ahead of the censors.

On the Internet radar currently is the moral collapse of the government leadership; this assumes there actually was some kind of moral standard prior to that but even that notion is under review. The 2nd issue is pollution which kills many people each year and the numbers of these deaths, rather than the smoke stacks, are scrubbed. Pollution laws are very strict and routinely ignored. China, at 1.5 billion, is a bit hard to manage especially if there is massive infighting at the top level.

The last issue is the wholesale stealing of land for allegedly public use. More often than not bureaucrats swipe it to pay bribes or more likely to hide billions with a “B” in offshore accounts, and in Canadian and other prize foreign properties. The internet snoops and critics know all this at a local level without ever being able to track verification in Beijing, only making them angrier. We get an occasional photo of some one giving an obscene gesture, and there are many letters to the editor about the Chinese troops firing upon the local citizens. Where the national police force or the army is attacking private citizens there is much grief, but it appears the army is not listening much to the ChiCommie bosses at the top.

This is not widely known but at the Tiananmen Massacre 1989 it took a lot of time for the government (Deng Xiaoping) to locate a military unit willing to fire on students, women and children. But of course they found one. There are plenty of Marxists when you need them.

In many ways this venomous anger is rife throughout the world. The press in the USA on the internet is as angry as I have ever seen it, and many of those voices are elders, not just the largely under- and unemployed young, college graduates, and those who have lost jobs and homes. Rage is everywhere, like a blanket of anti-government scum, or if they watch NBC, anti-Republican. It is a spirit of blame, and naturally there is some real blame. Mostly, of course, we should blame ourselves for allowing the bandits to stay in office.

The untold story in the world wide press is about this underground verbal revolution. Rejoice this July 4th that we still have freedom of speech left to us. I read the Chinese Digital Times everyday and that plus Sinocism have info a-plenty on these topics, easily available to you.