Never Take Freedom For Granted!

August 29, 2009

Millions of us will gather in places of worship of all shapes and sizes this weekend without fear of persecution.  We go where ever and when ever we want.

That’s not case for millions more around the world.  They face the possibility of raids, harassment, imprisonment, torture, and death.  All for the chance to gather with other believers and worship Our Lord Jesus and hear the preaching of His Word.

Take for example Shouwang Church in Beijing China,

http://www.chinaaid.org/qry/page.taf?id=105

“China Aid learned the Chinese government recently issued a secret directive calling the government agencies to dismantle at least six major house churches before the end of August. ChinaAid believes these actions have been taken in preparation for the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the CPC’s rule in China. Reliable sources told ChinaAid that the Beijing Huajie Plaza received an order from the PSB to terminate its rental contract with the Beijing Shouwang house church. One of the largest house churches in the area, Beijing Shouwang Church has been renting two floors for their worship and Sunday school services in Huajie Plaza for a few years. The church has over 1,000 church members, and most of them are intellectuals from universities. This is the most recent action against Beijing Shouwang Church since government officials forcibly shut down their church website on April 13, 2009, and raided the church on May 11, 2008.”

Of course I never will  understand why governments have a problem with a religion that encourages it’s followers to obey the law, be productive, and be a peaceful citizen.  But we know it’s the enemy clouding their thinking.

As believers in a free country what can we do?

Here’s what I will do.

China Aid urges Christians around the world to speak out on behalf of these believers, to urge that their freedoms not be thwarted.

Contact the Chinese Embassy with your concerns;

Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong
3505 International Place, NW, Washington, D.C. 20008
Tel: (202) 495-2000
Fax: (202) 588-9760″

Photo from shchurch.com: Over 1,000 believers worship at Beijing Shouwang Church every week.
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Don’t forget to thank God for your freedom this weekend and pray for those in China and elsewhere.
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