Christians remain one of the most persecuted religious groups in the world. David Curry of Open Doors USA says China rose significantly on the recently-released World Watch List. More about the 2020 World Watch List here.
“Over the last 24 months, [China] jumped almost 20 spots,” Curry says.
“That’s due to the consolidation of power from President Xi and his desire to go back to what I call the Soviet mindset of government, [or] government as God.”
China uses technology to target faith groups
Oppression in China is sophisticated and tech-savvy, Open Doors reports. The Communist government uses widespread surveillance and artificial intelligence (AI) to target Christians and other faith groups.
“They are using surveillance technology and artificial intelligence in a way that no country ever has before. It really, I think, does not bode well for the future,” Curry says.
Surveillance and AI allow Chinese officials to monitor citizens’ activity, he explains. By watching who goes to church and how often they attend services, authorities can determine citizens’ loyalty to the Communist cause.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray with Chinese Christians and church leaders for the fortitude to withstand increasing pressure and violent acts of persecution.
- Pray for courage for believers to meet together as the culture becomes increasingly hostile to Christian churches.
- Pray house churches would flourish across China. Pray for new leaders who would step up to lead these churches despite the risk.