And you Brutus? (Render unto Caesar – The Economist)

If you still did not feel for the alarming news of the hijacking of the Christian values by some of its old enemies, here is another example which should give food for worries even more.

This time due to the political environment in which it takes place, the translation of Christian principle in foreign cultural is less prominent and in its infancy still.

Let now the news people speak:

“There was a time when Devon Chang had difficulty reconciling his two chosen faiths: Christianity, which he embraced in 2005 at the age of 19, and the Communist Party of China, which had embraced him a year earlier. Did his submission to an almighty God not mean he must renounce the godless club of Marx and Mao?

Not necessarily. A fellow convert’s university lecturer suggested that if all Communist Party members found Jesus, then Christianity could rule China. “So it’s a good thing for me to become a Christian,” Mr Chang reasoned.”

Hmm, not a bad idea but let the more experienced ones who had been there and done that give you some insights on what impact can the ruling of the world by religious people have on the real mission of the Body of Christ itself.

Mr Chang and two other party members who attend the same church in Beijing insist the two faiths can co-exist. The country needs the party, they say, whereas individuals need faith. Christian party members note what Jesus taught his followers: “Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s.”. Mr Chang’s party dues are $1.60 a month. He plans to keep paying them.

Now this is far from being kosher. Ask anyone who “benefited” from the blessings of the Communist Party Patriarchs all over Eastern Europe or Russia how good was for them this marriage made in the political heaven before Gorbachev decided to open the window and let the dove of the freedom find the promise land of Capitalism & Co.

But let us not give into despair because this time the movement is in its infancy and it does not have to be necessarily a successful one.

The following will just prove that, and show you a more realistic picture:

The party’s relationship with religious believers who are not party members is complicated enough. They are allowed to believe in one of the state-approved religions (Buddhism, Daoism, Islam, as well as Protestant and Catholic Christianity) and to attend registered places of worship. In the countryside the party tolerates folk religion despite an official ban on superstitions. But recently the party has pursued a hard line against some old spiritual foes. The biggest concern is separatism, which the party fears is fuelled by Buddhism in Tibet, and Islam in the north-west. But underground Catholic churches that are loyal to the pope and some of the more confrontational Protestant house churches are also controlled tightly.

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