Christians ‘Standing in the Way’ of China’s Xi Jinping’s Totalitarian Rule, by George Thomas.
Since coming to power in 2012, Xi has severely cracked down on human rights, religious freedom and freedom of expression. Christians are experiencing some of the worst persecution in decades. …
Christians are not alone. Muslims, Buddhists and other faith groups are also coming under intense scrutiny. …
In recent months, Beijing has waged a brutal and widespread crackdown to stop the growth of these unregistered churches.
“This crackdown I think is a direct response to the fear of the Communist Party leaders who see the church growing way faster than the party is,” [Todd Nettleton of Voice of the Martyrs] said.
Fenggang Yang, a leading expert on religion in China, says what started several years ago as a small government campaign against unregistered churches has turned into all-out war. …
Now authorities routinely target houses of worship, destroy crosses, burn Bibles and arrest pastors.
Mr. Fengang, who once predicted that China could become the world’s largest Christian nation, says the government, headed by Xi Jinping, views Christianity as a threat to the party’s long-term political aspirations.
Totalitarians want to control everything about your life, squashing out freedom. The three most prominent totalitarian ideologies at the moment are Islam, Chinese communism, and leftists in the West who are veering into ever stronger socialism and micro-management of our lives.
Christianity was born into opposing the state, starting with the oppressed Jews under the Romans in 32 AD. It took three hundred years to convince the Romans, and two thousand years to convince half the world that people are essentially equal and that we need to behave morally in this life. This was a huge political revolution, in ways Western people have forgotten now. The structure and style of Christianity is accustomed to undermining and withstanding state power.
The Marxists always viewed Christianity as their foremost opponent. Remember when Stalin jeered at the Pope after WWII, “how many divisions have you got?” Wrong question. The Soviets are gone and the Church is still here.