A Bitter Winter photo compilation the CCP considered “hostile” to China.
(Photo: Bitter Winter)
(ChinaAid, Midland, TX—October 8, 2021) In November 2020, Bitter Winter reported that after it launched in 2018, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) designated it an “overseas hostile website” for exposing religious persecution in China. Subsequently, CCP authorities hunted down and arrested Bitter Winter correspondents for “leaking state secrets.” Similarly, although contrary to the CCP’s perception of Bitter Winter, numerous United States (US) government agencies perceive many of the CCP’s online publications as “hostile” to the US.
|Pew Research Center graph.
(Photo: Pew Research Center)
Scripture reveals the way God perceives Christians in China as well as those in the United States: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28). However, the Bible does distinguish between individuals and nations who believe in God and those who reject Him.
Bob Fu, PhD., president of ChinaAid notes that in 1791, the United States ratified the First Amendment to the Constitution regarding the freedom of religion of its citizens. This amendment includes the freedom from a State religion as well as the freedom to express. In contrast, the CCP does not permit the free exercise of Christianity and other religious beliefs. The Chinese government, instead, promotes atheism as China’s dominant ideology, which does not guarantee freedom of religion for its citizens.
As ChinaAid exposes the CCP’s “systematic persecution, harassment, torture and imprisonment of Chinese Christians, and human rights lawyers in China,” citizens in China, as well as citizens in the United States, and throughout the world also need to acknowledge and respond to cries for help from those being persecuted for their religious faith. As caring, concerned citizens respond with help, despite their differences, and perhaps even being falsely labeled “hostile”—they mirror God’s compassionate care.