Lessons from China: "the government must be the big brother..."

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Beijing lawyer Zhang Kai was arrested August 25, 2015. Zhang had been giving legal counsel to churches in Wenzhou where pastors had been arrested for opposing a systematic campaign by government officials to relegate churches' crosses from the peaks of their roofs to interior courtyards and other places hidden from the public eye.

Here's the noteworthy quote from the World article:

Yang recalled officials explaining to him that the church and the government were competing for the role of “elder brother” in society: “There can only be one big brother. The government must be the big brother.”

This is precisely the issue in these United States, also. I have no desire to aid the White House campaign of Donald Trump by saying this, but the intolerant liberalism of the West is just as authoritarian as the intolerant Communism of China. The issues are different, but the dictatorial aspirations are the same. Washington's central committees will not stop... 

until every bit of the authority of local and state governments, as well as mediating institutions such as the home and church, has been confiscated by the federal government and the elementary, secondary, and higher educational propaganda machines it funds—whose bathrooms it rules.

The Communist leaders are speaking for Republican and Democratic politicians alike when they say "that the church and the government are competing for the role of elder brother in society," and that "there can only be one big brother."

The authority of God the Father will not be tolerated on any level, whether His authority is visible in crosses in China, FB posts against sodomy and abortion in the EU, or fathers working with their sons to help them turn away from androgyny and elders and pastors reading, teaching, and preaching Scripture's commands against sodomy here in the US.

I'm not sure what the godly are to do about it, structurally and politically, but we must be fully aware that the noose is tightening around our necks and China shows us our captors' idolatry of the state and its educational institutions enforcing their hatred of God.

Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and big lots of grandchildren.

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