China’s Christian converts hard up for love
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Some Chinese are converting to Christianity because they’re desperately looking for love.
An interesting commentary titled ‘Love in China‘ in The Christian Science Monitor (12 Sept 2011) introduced a book that “gives an insider’s look at the surging interest in Christianity within the world’s most populous nation”.
The book God is Red by dissident Liao Yiwu reveals how Christianity is today the largest formal religion in China and more importantly, how the influence of the Christians “extends far beyond their numbers”. (Most are evangelical.)
As I’ve discussed in my previous blog postings, the evangelistas are freaking out Beijing in the way that adherents of no other religion do.
Like their diaspora brethren of the city harvests in Singapore and Malaysia, the young evangelical Christians of China conduct their church service with glitz – note the drum set and the party balloons in the photo above.
New younger, urban Christians consider it hip to wear a cross
China suffers a spiritual crisis and the country’s native religions, from Confucianism to Taoism “are not sufficient to meet the challenges facing Chinese youth”, observes the Christian Science Monitor article.
Thus the angst-ridden Chinese lost sheep are ripe for the picking.
Chaotic Chinese heart desperately seeking love
The Monitor comments that Liao, in his book God is Red, writes about how in the present-day Chinese society, “people’s minds are entangled and chaotic”.
“Liao is wary, however, of the new urban Christians,” adds the Monitor commentary.
Younger urban new Christians think it is hip to wear a cross
The Monitor‘s editorial board highlighted that many of China’s “new converts are highly educated and well-off professionals or retirees”, according to dissident writer Liao.
“‘They have embraced Christianity the way they do Coca-Cola or a Volkswagen – believing that a foreign faith, like foreign-made products, has a better quality. Many younger urban Christians have been throwing themselves at the feet of Jesus because it is considered hip to wear a cross and sing a foreign-sounding hymn’.”
The Monitor editors also referred to an article by Gerda Wielander in The China Journal that “looks at how officials and many Chinese are adopting Western concepts of love, or a ‘loving heart,’ as a motive for daily interactions in a society without much trust”.
Shortly after the publication of the Monitor article above, a controversy erupted in Foshan – a city in
Could it have happened anywhere else in the world?
A two-year-old girl nicknamed Yue Yue was run over by two vehicles, a van and a mini lorry. The toddler was lying on the road but 18 Chinese – either walking past or riding by on their motorcycles and three-wheeler carts – ignored her as she lay bleeding badly with her legs crushed.
The 19th passerby – a country ‘bumpkin’, i.e. migrant from the countryside to the big, bad city – stopped to render assistance. The good Samaritan was a rubbish ‘scavenger’.
That it finally took an itinerant street person (still remember that poor vagrant in Sichuan whose dog was beaten to death?) to help tells something about the nature of Foshan residents.
Footage from CCTV shows what happened.