What I Read Online – 04/18/2012 (p.m.)

19 Apr
    • Over the past century, the Christian faith has passed down from generation to generation despite the government’s brutal persecution against Christians in the 1960s and 1970s. In those villages, Christianity has taken root and become a part of the local heritage. It is as indigenous and life-sustaining as qiaoba, a popular buckwheat cake. During my visit there, I never felt that the locals had embraced a foreign religion. It blended seamlessly with the local cultures.
    • From what I have seen so far, today’s rapid Christian growth, most of which is happening in China’s rural areas, is the direct or indirect result of the work of Western missionaries in the pre-Mao era.
    • Last, many missionaries who have come to China in the past two decades as English teachers or business people are also contributing to the revival of Christianity in China. For example, Dr. Sun, the doctor who took me to the Christian villages in Yunnan, decided to become a Christian after joining Bible study sessions organized by several Americans who studied at a medical university where he worked.
    • The biggest challenge was to cope with the Communist government, which I believe runs the world’s largest cult organization.
    • I think Western missionaries, especially those who speak Chinese and are well versed in Chinese culture, are needed in the vast isolated rural areas.
    • “There is so much for us to do,” Wang Zisheng said. “In our society today, nobody believes in Communism, and everyone is busy making money. People’s minds are entangled and chaotic. They need the words of the gospel now more than at any other time.”
    • If democracy comes to China someday, we should thank Christ for inspiring us to stand up for our faith and ideas.
    • A funeral is an entirely different matter than a wedding. A wedding is about the near future (near meaning the next 30 to 70 years or so). A funeral is about the past, and about the ultimate future (the resurrection from the dead). A wedding is the witnessing of vows, the calling together of a covenant between two persons. A funeral doesn’t call any reality together. It commits the body of the dead to the earth and awaits the resurrection of both the just and the unjust.
    • Courage doesn’t mean announcing the arrival of the deceased in hell. You don’t know that. I once heard an impressive sermon about how the thief on the cross’s family probably all died never knowing that he was redeemed. One simply doesn’t know the kind of plea for mercy that may be prayed out, perhaps even in the nanosecond before death.
    • He ought to speak of the certainty of death, of the quickness of life, and of the horror of the judgment seat. And then he ought to offer Christ to every hearer, clearly explaining how to know Jesus.

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