‘Sing Hallelujah’ anthem of Hong Kong mass protests
Beijing must be most disconcerted by the youthful Chinese evangelista horde now flooding the streets of Hong Kong.
This latest state confrontation with a covert political ideology cloaked in the mantle of religion is being framed by some international observers as “a clash between Christianity and Communism”.
Foreign sympathizers have sent wishes of support to the Hong Kong protestors, reassuring them that “Jesus is Lord of Hong Kong”. Naturally this approach doesn’t wash with China’s atheistic politburo, regardless that Christianity is the biggest faith in Hong Kong outnumbering Buddhists.
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Tensions continue to simmer as police heavy-handedness left scores of people injured.
Yet the demonstrators defying the Chinese mainland authority are mostly young and look a lot like the many earnest evangelical Christians we see also around Jerusubang. Such Christian activism by the Chinese diaspora is a worrying trend.
In fact, Sing Hallelujah to the Lord, a Christian hymn, has even become their protest anthem and the song can be heard ringing out everywhere at the Hong Kong mass demonstrations.
Young generation radicalized by political Christianity
Joshua Wong, the evangelical Christian youth who led 2014’s Umbrella Revolution, was released from prison only two days ago (June 17) and true to form, immediately plunged into the heart of the current protests.
Joshua was only 17 when he sparked the anti-Beijing student movement five years ago.
In his recent interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), Joshua claimed “Beijing and Carrie Lam transformed a whole generation of youngster from normal citizen to dissidents. That’s the price that Biejing must pay” – see video clip below.
(Carrie Lam is the island’s chief executive.)
The religious fervour displayed by these present-day Chinese Christian students is, frankly, quite concerning.
One is reminded of the Taiping Rebellion led by Hong Xiuquan – a Born Again Chinese individual who believed himself to be the younger brother of Jesus Christ. The uprising cost millions of lives.
Any potential for a modern-day insurrection inspired by Christian zealots is treated with caution by China.
After all, the motherland has learned several bloody lessons from its history of contact and bitter conflict with Christian missionaries, among them the Boxer Rebellion which saw churches burned and converts to Christianity killed by the Qing dynasty nationalists.
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Hong Kong is a Christian ‘majority’ (plurality) territory. Christianity is the faith with the most adherents there – see Pew Research population table below.