Friday, May 23, 2008

Olympic Spotlight on China

Chinese citizens can now choose their own careers, travel abroad, own a car and establish a business. But Christians cannot legally hold a prayer meeting in a private home, share a church service with foreign Christians or interact with foreign Christian organizations. China still bans religious education for children under the age of 18 and limits the publication of Bibles and other religious materials.

Many Chinese Christians see little good coming from the Olympics in the way of religious liberty. Some point to a government crackdown on unregistered house churches over the past year, as evidenced in a 2007 report issued in February by the China Aid Association (CAA), and an unprecedented expulsion of foreign missionaries in 2007 as part of a “clean-up” in preparation for the Games.

Others fear religious persecution will increase after the Games as the world’s media moves on from China.

Quote taken from here.

Another example of the world being fearful of (/oppressing) the gospel. What are they afraid of? The irony is not only will the gospel expose their sin, but it's that which is needed to bring true freedom and liberty.

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