CBN News recently reported that there’s reason to sing again in China--literally. According to the news outlet, “The Chinese New Year is fast approaching, and for the first time, the nation is about to embrace a new way to celebrate the traditional holiday.”
This new celebration involves a musical based on the life of the biblical character Ruth, which will be performed throughout the entire nation of China. It is the hope of Christian artists that the message of Ruth—revealed within the musical, which has never before been seen in China—will bring more unbelievers to a saving faith in Christ.
Reiterating the novelty of the musical’s plot, CBN reports that, “Many have never heard of the story, which is centered on the true love relationship between Ruth and her mother-in-law, Naomi.” As well as the obvious hope for musical watchers to make a decision for Christ, the show's producers are also hoping that the familial theme of the play may serve to inspire improvement in China’s own family relationships.
According to CBN, “It is a known fact that modern Chinese newlyweds often have difficulties getting along with their in-laws… and without proper guidance on solving the conflicts, families sometimes split up.” In fact, internal conflict within the family has been labeled as one of the top causes for the rising divorce rate in China. Here’s hoping the message of Ruth will meet its mark.
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Publication date: January 26, 2017