Chinese believers continue to remain firm in their faith even amid persecution and tension between the U.S. and China.
Believers in China have faced much. Tensions between the U.S. and China don’t look like they will thaw anytime soon. Persecution continues to increase, threatening Christians and those who follow other religions as well. However, Erik Burklin of China Partner says believers steadfastly trust in God.
“The pastors and leadership in China are not worried. Of course, they will be wise about how they operate and what they can do and not do, but they’re relentless in their faithfulness to their calling of being church planters [and] evangelists. That will continue no matter what kind of restrictions [President] Xi Jinping will impose on them,” he says.
Burklin believes North American believers can find encouragement in this example. While there can be anxiety about what the future holds, remembering who is truly in charge is crucial.
“I think we can learn from the Chinese leadership [and] how they are dealing with some of these crackdowns. Their bottom line is ‘we serve a higher calling. We serve a God who is above the communist regime,’” he says. “Whatever is going on politically matters and influences our personal lives, but we need to know we answer to God himself.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Rachel Pfeiffer
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