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I'd attended Chinese Catholic mass for the first time in China last week.
And found that it was not politicized there in the least as far as I could tell. Bear in mind, however, that I was attending mass at a government-approved church. Also, I don't go to church regularly (I don't profess the Christian Faith, Catholic or otherwise, myself); I'd gone there only because some Philipino friends of mine who are Catholic had invited me. I must say that I have never witnessed any religio-political leanings among them either. But as I'd mentionned before, I'm not part of the Christian inner-circle either (hard to do when you don't profess the faith yourself).|
On the other hand, I'd come across a New Zealander, a devout Christian, who apparently teaches the Bible full-time in China... hmmm... I suspect he's breaking a few laws here. And I thought the Bible teaches obedience to government and to be its well-wishers... oh well, preach but don't practice. If I should ever find out for sure, I'll report him. I love the man, a good father, husband, friend, overall. But I still can't accept foreigners, or locals, breaking the laws of a country. I agree China's religious laws are a little too stringent, but the law is the law and ought to be respected, and that goes for any nation. If one disagrees with the law, it's better to petition to change it legally rather than just breaking it. That's just common respect. After all, why should China trust religionists if religionists are breaking its laws. Religionists breaking Chinese laws are a good reason in its own right to maintain current suspicions against religions. Once religionists respect the law, then maybe consider further discussion. But those who break the laws just ruin everything for the rest who are law abiding. China allows suffifient freedom to teach ones faith legally as it is, despite the restrictions, so why go out and break the law?