What would you do if the American government told you they were tearing down your brand new church? Would it help if you had spent millions of dollars and over six years building it? It’s shocking just to think about that in our country, where religious freedom is part of our foundation. But it’s happening in China.
Last week, thousands of Christians flocked to the Sanjiang church in Wenzhou. The city is also known as “Jerusalem of the East” and is in the southeastern part of China, south of Shanghai. The Communist Party in China has declared the new church an “illegal construction” that is unsafe and must be torn down. But thousands of Christians have been guarding the building in an effort to prevent the new church from being bulldozed.
At Born Again Pews, we know just how much the buildings that represent our faith mean—without a house of God, it can be difficult to find the same sense of community and safety in our faith. In China, there has been a large movement of underground churches in people’s homes. Those who attend these churches worship together in secret as early Christians often did. In 2000, the Chinese Communist Government raided and shut down a large number of these underground churches. Sometimes Christians are considered an enemy of the Communist Government in China.
It is easy to forget the hardships other Christians go through in other areas of the world simply to worship together in the open while we’re sitting in the church pews on Sunday. We are blessed to live in a country where Christianity is a strong part of our daily lives. That’s why we focus on building church pews that are affordable so more money can be sent to Christians in other countries, like our brothers and sisters in China who need our support to save their church.
The Telegraph, however, reports that there are now more Christians in China than there are members of the Communist Party so the tide might be finally turning and Christians might not longer be subject to persecution much longer in China. Only time will tell if Christianity can survive in China.