This is the anniversary of June 4, 1989, commonly know by Chinese as 64. It’s been 25 tragic years and the Chinese government has hardly acknowledged the crime against its own people. Instead, Google was banned in China ahead of these events. I recall watching the events unfold in horror. These students only wanted to be heard. Instead, they were killed en masse near Tiananmen Square.
Twenty five years later, on the month before this anniversary, leaders of Hong Kong evangelical churches come out to march in order to protect family value (though the message is read, of course, by “pagan media” and the non-Christian society to be anti-gay). This event is also known as 518. Churches hired buses to ship members to this march, presumably to ensure widespread participation. Hiring buses takes money, resources that could be funneled to help the Hong Kong poor. Such is life!
In contrast, in tonight’s protest in Victoria Park, Hong Kong or Tsim Sha Tsui Cultural Center, Kowloon, I wonder how many churches hire buses to go commemorate the victims and to call for justice. Probably not many … If we’re really pro-family, we should be protesting even more vigorously for the families affected by the massacre. Do they even make it on our radar screen for pro-family causes? I doubt it. This is our message: so long as OUR families are not affected, we can encourage each other to exercise our own conscience to protest, but IF OUR families are perceived to be threatened, we must bus people en masse to make sure we show our great force. Are we really pro-family when we fail to take into consideration of all sorts of families, families not just near but far? Many Christians will object and say, “But we do attend the protest in 64.” Sure, many individual Christians do that, but do we see churches hiring buses? Not really! That is the witness society sees. They see the buses and the corporate personality behind togetherness. The medium IS the message!
There is also the sticky situation of Hong Kong expat churches. I have in mind especially Rick Warren’s Saddleback Hong Kong. I wonder what the expat churches are doing to stand in solidarity with the local people. I’m sure some are getting involved with the 64 protest, but I suspect most are not. After all, it’s a local and political problem. We all know that the gospel does not deal with problems of the locals or politics now, does it? We only want to preach the simple gospel of Jesus. That’s all. The fact of the matter is, the gospel of Jesus was never really that simplistic or Jesus would not be crucifixion worthy. Our luke-warm and selective gospel has little to no place in a struggling and broken world. That’s a fact!
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We will not forget!