China’s war on religion continues without much opposition. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the Catholic Church to task last week during a trip to Rome, but will anything change?
“The good news is that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is speaking out on behalf of Chinese Christians who are being persecuted, and particularly talked about the Catholic Church taking a stronger stand against the Chinese government,” Voice of the Martyrs’ Todd Nettleton says.
“We know that that the pressure against Christians includes Protestants as well; pressure is happening among every religion.”
Persecution: the status quo
The U.S. is among only a handful of countries keeping China’s actions in the global spotlight. Earlier this year, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) recommended China keeps its Country of Particular Concern designation.
Chinese authorities immediately contested the report, telling the U.S. to “stop using religious issues to interfere in China’s internal affairs.” However, China’s ongoing crimes against humanity are widely-documented, and Nettleton says the government is a distinct driving force.
“Instead of seeing pockets of persecution, this is now the policy of the national government of China. It is coming down from the highest levels in Beijing, and every province is expected to carry out these directives.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Ask the Lord to protect Chinese believers, and pray the Spirit will help them act in faith.
- Pray for Xi Jinping and other influential leaders. Pray for their eyes to be opened and their mindsets changed.
- Pray the global Church and the Chinese Church can work together for the sake of Christ.