Sunday, 29 November -0001 18:42

Great Suffering Continues In China

Written by Rev. H.A. Bergsma
Chinese authorities have a suspicion and fear of foreigners and of Christianity that is rooted in more than Communism. During the 19th century, western Protestant Christian missionaries and gospel tracts frequently arrived in China on the same ships as opium. Thus Protestant missionaries unfortunately became identified with western opium traders, particularly those of the British East India Company, which acted with the silent complicity of the British government. China's objections to the opium trade led to the Opium War of 1839-42. British troops defeated the Chinese imperial forces and forced the Nanking Treaty on China. This gave British traders five ports not subject to Chinese law and thus the import of opium increased markedly. This was a huge humiliation, which severely undermined the Qing Dynasty. Then the Taiping Rebellion (1850-64), a militant insurgency by a pseudo-Christian cult, caused some 20 to 30 million deaths, with a further 30 million dying from the resulting famine. So it is not totally surprising that Chinese authorities and the masses developed a strong nationalistic, anti-foreign and anti-Christian mindset. During the 19th and 20th centuries, Chinese Christians and foreign missionaries paid a high price. Today Chinese Christians are still paying the price. Despite its denials, China has multitudes of Christian prisoners. Torture is routine in prison interrogations. Beatings, inhumane treatment and slave labour are standard in 're-education through labour' camps. (From Crosswalk)

It is understandable that our Christian brothers and sisters are crying more loudly than we do, ÒCome Lord Jesus, come quickly!Ó

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