Sunday, July 22, 2007

More Thoughts on "The Heavenly Man"

Along with other prominent leaders in the Chinese house church, Brother Yun spearheaded a movement called “Back to Jerusalem.” The idea is to take the gospel to all of the lands between China and Jerusalem. Reaching Jerusalem is not the point, sharing the gospel in the heart of the 10/40 window is the point. You can read more about this movement at http://www.backtojerusalem.com/.

Of course, the problem with this vision is that the lands between China and Jerusalem are populated by the peoples most opposed to the gospel of Jesus Christ, and violently so. Thus, if the Chinese house church is to fulfill this vision, it will cost many people their lives. Still, they have committed to sending 100,000 missionaries as soon as possible, and in fact they have already begun to do so.

Here is brother Yun’s perspective on this vision and the suffering for which it calls:

“We have also come to understand that the past thirty years of suffering, persecution, and torture for the house churches in China were all part of God’s training for us. The Lord has perfectly fitted us to go as missionaries to the Muslim, Buddhist, and Hindu worlds.

“Once I spoke in the West and a Christian told me, ‘I’ve been praying for years that the Communist government in China will collapse, so Christians can live in freedom.’ This is not what we pray! We never pray against our government or call down curses on them. Instead, we have learned that God is in control of both our own lives and the government we live under…Don’t pray for the persecution to stop! We shouldn’t pray for a lighter load to carry, but a stronger back to endure. Then the world will see that God is with us, empowering us to live in a way that reflects his love and power. This is true freedom!” (286-87)

Oh Father, may we learn from our cross-bearing brothers and sisters in China!

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