Global News Impacting Christianity
CHRISTIANITY GROWING IN CHINA
Although China is under the rule of the atheistic Chinese Communist Party, and there is increasing persecution of Christians, there has been a rapid growth (10% annually) of its Christian population. If that rate continues, China will have more Christians than the United States by 2030. Government raids on churches and imprisonment of some of their members have not caused the churches to disappear. One arrested pastor made this comment: “Rulers have chosen an enemy that can never be imprisoned – the soul of man. Therefore, they are doomed to lose this war.”
THE VATICAN AND GENDER THEORY IDEOLOGY
The Vatican released a publication entitled “Male and Female He Created Them: Towards a Path of Dialogue on the Question of Gender Theory in Education.” The document rejects gender ideology that denies biological differences between men and women or treats gender as something people choose for themselves. This may have surprised those who thought the Catholic Church would begin to liberalize policy on sexuality. According to Pose Francis, Gender Theory “denies the differences and reciprocity in nature of a man and a woman and envisions a society without sexual differences, thereby eliminating the anthropological basis for the family.”
A Christian worship song has become the unofficial anthem of the “Hong Kong” protestors who have been demonstrating their opposition to a Beijing-backed extradition bill. It is thought to have begun on June 11 when a prayer meeting outside the government complex ended with the singing of “Sing Hallelujah to the Lord” (© 1974. Linda Stassen-Benjamin). Since that time, it has been sung by millions who continue the protest, and leaders in this democracy movement, including Christian pastors, trying to buffer protestors and the police and use the song to keep both sides calm.
INCREASED ROLE FOR RELIGION IN SOCIETY
According to Pew Research, around half of Americans favor religion playing a greater role in U. S. society while 18% oppose that idea. The study involved 27 countries with representative samples of at least 1,000 people per country. Among those countries, France (20%), and Japan (20%) had the lowest percentage of those favoring strengthening religion’s role in society while Indonesia (85%), Kenya (74%), and Tunisia (69%) had the highest percentage. The study did not make a distinction between different religions, but Indonesia is 87% Muslim and Tunisia is 99% Muslim. However, both Indonesia and Tunisia are not considered radical Islamist States.
You won’t find this in the New York Times or USA Today, but it is headline news in heaven. Remember, we only see the visible world around us while the Holy Spirit is working in the invisible world. I never thought I’d see the fall of the Communist Soviet Union in my lifetime but I did. It may take longer for China, but after all, Jesus is Lord over heaven and earth. – Dr. Robert R Seyda