578: COMMUNIST CHRISTIANS IN CHINA

“A warm welcome to Zingcreed, the blog that looks at connections between Christianity and socialism of all sorts. This is an extract from a website of a Christian organisation that is trying to lay red Chinese fears to rest. “We’re harmless, we’ve got a lot in common,” they wail. Perhaps the Chinese they are targeting should bear in mind the friends the Christians take with them as they spread the gospel around the world: the merchants, the soldiers, the opium dealers. Was it Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa who said “When the white man came to Africa, we had the land and he had the bible. He taught us to pray ‘Hands together and eyes closed.’ When we opened our eyes we had the bible and he had the land!”

In solidarity,

Peter Turner, M.A., M.Sc.”

This section is for the Chinese Communists who persecute Christians. Please reflect on the following five realities about Christians and Communists:

1. Does Christianity threaten the Communist Party?

The Communist Party has warned you that Christianity is “spiritual opium” that threatens the Communist Party and China, but is this true?

Opium addicts lie around, become burdens to the society and commit crimes to get the money to feed their addictions. Is this what Christians do?

As you know, Christians work hard, pay their taxes without cheating, and use their money and time to help the poor. Instead of threatening the Party, Christians are model citizens who help the Communist Party govern China.

2. Perhaps Christians will threaten the Communist Party later when they grow in numbers?

They are forbidden to do so by both the words and the examples set by Jesus, who refused to become a political leader (evidence), strictly forbade violence (evidence), and commanded Christians to submit and to pay taxes to the government:

“Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake. For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing. Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.” (Romans 13:1-7 in the Bible)

While Muslims blow up buses in Urumqi and Buddhists burn down government offices in Tibet, have you ever heard of Christians doing the same?

 

3. The Chinese society needs Christianity.

As China becomes increasingly materialistic and the income gap between the rich and the poor widens, people care more and more only about money and less and less about each other.

Do you truly believe that the ideologies of communism will keep China a caring, harmonious society under these pressures? Don’t the facts, including the incessant scandals in China already speak for themselves?

4. Communism was originally Christian.

Until it became distorted in the 19th century, communism was Christian. Communism’s original intent – the promotion of communal well being and disdain of selfishness – is rooted in the words of Jesus and the examples set by Him and His disciples.

The words in red below are from the Christian Bible. Please see whether or not they sound “communist”:

“For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened; but by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may supply their lack, that their abundance also may supply your lack – that there may be equality. As it is written, “He who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack.” (2 Corinthians 8:13-15)

Jesus gave everything he had to those in need and did not even own a house, as this passage in the Bible, in which Jesus refers to Himself as “Son of Man”, indicates:

“And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” (Luke 9:58)

The Bible also records Jesus telling His disciples to follow His example:

“The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?” Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” (Matthew 19:20-21)

And they did:

“Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all. Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, and laid them at the apostles’ feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need.” (Acts 4:32-35)

The true original adherents to “communism” were Christians, who actually walked their talk.

Source: billionbibles.org/china/communist-christians.html (2013)

 

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