Chinese Christians Pray for Government Leaders Amid Tensions with Taiwan

The photo shows Erik Burkling with China Partner while talking to Mission Network News.

Tensions build between China and the U.S. over the island of Taiwan. China has increased military drills near the island, and the U.S. military promises to continue operations in the area.

Erik Burklin with China Partner says, “I know many of the pastors we work with in China are concerned, even those in a registered church. President Xi is obviously very strong. [We see him] almost saber-rattling a little bit, saying Taiwan is the “renegade province,” as they call it. And yet, I don’t know if he will actually try to attack Taiwan.”

How do Chinese Christians deal with these tensions? Burklin says they pray for their leaders. “They might not agree with the policies, but they respect the president or the leadership that God has placed over them. Romans 13:1 is one of the verses they use quite a bit.”

“I think in our context, in the West, we don’t interpret that verse quite the same way.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

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