China’s Communist Revolution backfired – It strengthened the body of Christ

Dear friends,

This morning I felt led to investigate China’s cultural revolution. 

50+ years ago one of the bloodiest eras in Chinese history took place. 

The cultural revolution began in mid-May 1966 and was in full swing by August 1966.

The revolution thrust China into 10 years of turmoil, violence, bloodshed, hunger and stagnation.

Mao Zedong’s agenda was to “purify” the nation and strengthen its foundation of socialism.

However, Christianity was one of the greatest sources of resistance to authoritarian rule. 

The church remains one of the challengers that the Chinese Communist Party fears the most.

And so the Cultural Revolution was a time of intense Christian persecution.

Bibles were destroyed, Christian homes and churches were looted.

Christians were humiliated, tortured,  arrested for their faith. 

Thousands were imprisoned for believing in Jesus.

But something quite phenomenal occurred amongst the true body of Christ. 

A Chinese Christian was quoted as saying, “We not only survived, WE GREW.”

This brings to mind the Israelites under Pharoah’s rule.

But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. – Exodus 1:12

This is also how I feel about 2020 & 2021.

It’s been the best time of my life. I grew and gained so much in this time, it was a BOOTCAMP for RISING FAITH!

We have not experienced anything as severe as China’s Cultural Revolution, nonetheless it has been a test for the world at large & for the body of Christ.

Sifting the wheat from the tares….

It’s when the HEAT is turned up and emotions are on the rise that you discover what a person is made of.

Can an individual remain in FAITH, Trusting the Unseen, despite what is seen ? 

According to the author Carl Lawrence, the Chinese who survived and thrived in the Revolution, were the ones who had memorized the Word of God.

They were equipped with the full armor of God.

The conclusion I come to here is this.

Spend less time on the news & social media. And more time in The Word.

In fact, Devour His Word.

Drown yourself in the Holy Scriptures.

You will find your self BLOSSOMING & THRIVING in Any season.

Warmest Shalom,

Ahava Sarah Fischer 

1 August 2021 

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