It’s always amazing to me to hear people touting the absolutely nonsense of what I call Last Days Madness. Often they have a myopic view of history and their own time and space rather than seeing the very optimistic aspect of Christianity that the Bible teaches. One such story that is going widely unreported is about the growth of Christianity in Communist China.
The London Telegraph reports:
Officially, the People’s Republic of China is an atheist country but that is changing fast as many of its 1.3 billion citizens seek meaning and spiritual comfort that neither communism nor capitalism seem to have supplied.
Christian congregations in particular have skyrocketed since churches began reopening when Chairman Mao’s death in 1976 signalled the end of the Cultural Revolution.
Less than four decades later, some believe China is now poised to become not just the world’s number one economy but also its most numerous Christian nation.
“By my calculations China is destined to become the largest Christian country in the world very soon,” said Fenggang Yang, a professor of sociology at Purdue University and author of Religion in China: Survival and Revival under Communist Rule.
“It is going to be less than a generation. Not many people are prepared for this dramatic change.”
This is excellent news! The Christians are taking over a Communist country and they are doing it by faith and actions, according to what the Bible teaches.
In fact, though there are still areas of China that are violent towards Christians, I have had firsthand accounts from both those who have visited China from the states and those who actually live in China that Christianity is growing by leaps and bounds as the Word of God goes forth and people’s lives are changed.
Consider this: In 1949, the Christian Protestant community only had 1 million members. According to Pew Research Centre’s forum on Religion and Public Life, Christian Protestants have grown to more than 58 million in 2010, which is a staggering increase over such countries as Brazil that hosts 40 million and South Africa that has 36 million Christians.
Professor Yang also pointed out that though many Christian congregations are in decline today in the united States, which totaled roughly 159 million in 2010, China is poised to exceed 247 million, including Roman Catholics, by 2030!
“Mao thought he could eliminate religion. He thought he had accomplished this,” Prof Yang said. “It’s ironic – they didn’t. They actually failed completely.”
He’s exactly right! Why? It’s because man is, by nature, religious. Romans 1 teaches us:
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. -Romans 1:16-23
All men are created in the image of their Creator, and as such, they are naturally hardwired to know there is a God and desire to worship. The problem comes when men will not only fail to acknowledge what can be known by nature, but also what is revealed in the sacred texts of Scripture and the revelation of the Son of God, Jesus Christ.
Thankfully, we are seeing a rise of Christianity in not only China, but even in the Islamic regions of Iraq, Syria and Africa. This is indeed good news!