August 4, 2005
Here’s some good news about China.
The London Sunday Telegraph reports that Chinese are embracing Christianity in a social revolution that is spreading through town and countryside to the point where Christians may already outnumber members of the communist party.
Underground churches are estimated to have 100 million members and state-sanctioned churches are reported to have 35 million members.
The Christian faith remains behind Buddhism and Taoism, but ahead of Islam in China.
The story by Richard Spencer tells of visits to villages in backwater rural provinces, as well as urban churches in Beijing.
It names names and includes former Marxists who have come to Christ.
Still, there’s a price to pay for being a believer in China.
Christian solidarity worldwide, based in London, says Christians are beaten regularly and one was recently killed while in police custody.
It’s one more reason to pray for China and for its Christians.
I’m Cal Thomas in Washington.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. Watch his television show, After Hours with Cal Thomas, on the Fox News Channel, Saturdays at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.