There are few things I hate more than evangelism. In fact, I would go so far as to say that much of the horrors of the world were brought on by evangelists. People feeling they are divinely propelled to ‘sell’ their ideas to save people from damnation.
- It kept Africans slaves (for the betterment of their savage souls).
- It brought smallpox to the Incas, Mayans and Aztecs.
- It’s started countless wars, and corrupted vast numbers of people.
- It has completely ruined Sunday TV.
I have been fortunate most my life to avoid these patronizing SOBs, as the bulk of evangelists, or – as they’re known in international circles – missionaries, have given up on the ‘developed’ world and gone off to the backwards people of other nations to explain to them why, despite having a culture and civilization that predates most (if not all) the characters of the bible, their souls are going to be kǎoròu.
So, it was with much interest that I saw a Google Ad (on this site no less!) that said “Jesus For China”… following the link to www.onelord.cn, I was astounded to learn that “Jesus is not like Buddha.” I was also fascinated to see some rather flimsy Web design put to use with the tireless effort of one of God’s great preachers out of Kunming, Zach Harris.
Zach, according to his site’s bio, is in China with his wife learning Mandarin to spread the word of Big Daddy, JC and the spook – a fact that I’m quite certain is still illegal (or at least is still harshly frowned upon).
Let me be clear. I have nothing hugely against religion (organized or otherwise). I think if you feel you need to worship something to live a happy and whole life, or better yet, as an excuse to be kind to people, all the power to you. And as you are welcome to sit in your space and go on and on about the mightiness of the Almighty, so should it be my choice to call it what it is – bunk – in mine.
However, where the big difference lies is that I’m not going to other countries and telling them their religion and beliefs are crap and perhaps they better get on the Christian boat before they’re forever left behind and forgotten in their Creator’s Vast Plan For All Things.
Anyone that’s been in China for some time has run across Christian missionaries here… usually guised as English teachers and waiting for their opportunity to spread the good word in between explaining past tense… good words such as these (taken from the site, and I assume the bible, though I didn’t check):
Jesus considered Himself so different from anything and anyone else in the world that He would not allow anyone to follow Him unless they were willing to give up everything else, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters – yes, even his own life – he cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:26)
However, the good news about Jesus is closely related to the the bad news about us. God says that we are not the good people that we think we are. He says that we are evil to the core, “The LORD saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.” (Genesis 6:5)
The site also makes the rather brilliant revelation that “Jesus was a Jewish man born around 1 AD”… around? Don’t tell me we’ve had this wrong all these years. And we thought Y2K would throw off the banking system.
As much as I give many Chinese I meet flack for frequently preaching their ridiculous brain-washed thoughts, I realize now that they’ve no monopoly on vocalizing stupidity and ignorance. As much as I think it is goofy that there are 1.3 billion people that truly believe that’s actually Mao in Tiananmen Sq., there’s 2.1 billion Christians that think the world is 5,767 years old.
So, now that I’ve possibly offended more than half the population of the planet… I’ll present you with this somewhat startling fact… it’s working. William Dodson, a fellow Suzhou blogger, recently wrote an excellent post where he talked about a conversation his wife had that illustrates a disturbing truth when it comes to the younger generation here in the PRC:
My wife told me … she had the most disturbing conversation with one of the young Chinese at the party. The young lady with whom she talked felt there was no point to life. Indeed, the young lady commented, very few of her generation felt there was much to believe in.
The young lady went on to say how much she actually admired the Chinese of my wife’s generation, which grew up during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). “Maybe you didn’t believe in the right things, but at least you had something to believe in,” the young woman said.
My wife commented to me later she felt young Chinese people had become so focused on economic gain they had lost their way, in a sense.
To the girl I’d suggest she get a hobby or find a cause dear to her heart (and I’d also like to welcome her to the real world). And to the Christian evangelists salivating for a chance to convert these poor lost souls … just because they still sell snake oil in this country doesn’t make it right.
Feeding off the poor and needy to further your own agenda is a flaw in humanity that shall damn thee to hell. Well, if it was that I believed in such things, which quite obviously I don’t, so it just makes you a shitastically crappy person.