Stereotypes Obscure Chinese Christians

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Relations between the United States and China have taken a hit this year, often fueled by rhetoric from U.S. President Donald Trump. Trump has blamed China for the COVID-19 pandemic, often calling it the “China virus.” In addition, a trade war has been ongoing between the two countries since 2018.

This view of China has bled into American thought, says Roger Weaver, CFO of Bibles for China. He tells of a conversation he recently had with a friend. “He said he has no trouble with making contributions for the Scripture. But he said, ‘I don’t think I can give to the Chinese.’ And it really struck me hard as we’re coming out of all of this turmoil around the virus and everything going on politically, that there is this perception that the Chinese are grouped in one bucket of what you see in the press.”

Weaver says this idea of what all Chinese are like couldn’t be farther from the truth. “If you get to be really close and friendly with the Chinese Christian brothers and sisters, [you find out they] are just like us. They work hard, they love the Lord, and they love their families. They go day to day, and want to live life just like we do.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray Bibles for China would be able to continue providing access to the Bible for rural Chinese Christians, despite political tensions between the US and China.
  • Pray the church in China would continue to grow.