PBS Special: Jesus in China

If you weren’t aware of it PBS will be running a Frontline special called “Jesus in China” on Tuesday evening at 9pm Eastern Time (Chicago Channel 11 Tuesday 24th at 9pm and rebroadcast again on Thursday the 26th at 2 am) on the spread and explosive growth of Christianity in China, especially the growth of the persecuted underground house church movement which is starting to emerge from its persecution. Here is its promo:

A wave of Christianity is sweeping across China and the Chinese government is racing to control it. In Jesus in China, FRONTLINE/World travels from rural villages to urban centers to find out what is at the heart of the movement. read more…

Here is a preview:

Also, the featured story on the front page of the Chicago Tribune this Sunday was titled “Jesus in China” if you hasn’t read it you can find it here

What I find interesting is how Christianity always affects the political landscape – As a peoples ethics change (as Christianity inevitably does to a people) Its political landscape is changed as well – ethics, politics and law are inevitably bound together (neutrality in the area of law is a myth, law is the en codification of a peoples collective ethic which is shaped by their ethical values).

Political liberty eventually came to the early church who was at first persecuted by Caesar, to the eventual legitimization and acceptance of Christianity by Constantine (Caesar is not Lord, King Jesus is and Caesar is to submit to Christ’s ultimate authority). Later the medieval and later Kings submitted to Christianity’s definition of ethical boundaries for Christian rulers (they are not God but are to rule under God, ethically defined by the scriptures) This put limitations on the power of Caesars, Kings and Governments resulting in liberty.

Because of Christianity freedom has been the inheritance of western civilization. First Christianity sets men free spiritually from the bondage of their sin – then as it progresses collectively in a nation – it give birth to greater religious, political, civil, and economic liberties. In short Christianity is a religion of liberty and it will once again give liberty to the people of China from its Marxists Persecutors and Lords.

Lar

The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted. To proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed Luke 4:18 NKJV

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