By Andreas Klamm
HENAN / China, August 31, 2009. CHCHA President, Pastor “Bike” has issued his 4th OPEN Letter to President Hu Jintao in China according to reports issued by the international aid and relief organization China Aid (www.chinaaid.org). Pastor Bike shared Christ’s love with the President: “The Christians in China were arrested, beaten and killed like lambs by your subordinates but they endure the hardship and love you like Jesus does regardless.” Though he assured the President that Chinese Christians would not avenge themselves, he cautioned that “the…persecution Christians suffer will make them stronger warriors for Christ; however, those who persecute the children of God will have to pay the penalty.” In his letter Jiang Mingxuan has written that “Millions of Christian believers in China have been mistreated.”
With the 60th Anniversary Celebration of Communist Party rule in China rapidly approaching, Chinese authorities continue vilifying Christians as “imaginary enemies, ” boldly taking actions to dismantle and control the independent Christian church, especially in Beijing.
Although every human being has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance (Article 18, Universal Declaration of the Human Rights, proclaimed by the United Nations in 1948 in New York City, United States of America) many believers of the Christian faith in China do suffer beyond description and are persecuted in some areas of China. Pastor ”Bike”, Jiang Mingxuan has written that “Millions of people and of Christians believers in China have been mistreated.”
In response to the arrests, beatings and killing of believers in the Christian faith, Pastor “Bike” Jiang Mingxuan, President and Founder of the Chinese House Church Alliance, issued his fourth public “Open Letter to President Hu Jintao, ” on August 16, 2009. In the letter, he listed grievances of specific house churches against the local governments: “These state officials mistreat millions of Christians in China as the “social disturbance.”
They impose fines and enforce detention to the Christians, claiming they are “cult” and “illegal gathering”. Those officials robbed items and money from the Christians and keep the value to themselves.” He appealed to President Hu Jintao to reform corruption in the Chinese government and promote legal equality for all believers.
CAA affirms Pastor Jiang Mingxuan’s brave and persistent efforts on behalf of Chinese believers. China Aid (CAA) further encourages people from around the world to pray for rule of law and justice for the Christians in China.
The full copy of the letter is by Pastor “Bike” Jiang Mingxuan is available on http://www.chinaaid.org/downloads/sb_chinaaid/OpenLettertoPresidentHu.pdf.
A copy of the UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS by the United Nations in New York City is available through www.un.org.
Photograph by China Aid: Pastors and believers in China.