This sign of praise to God is prominent in my neighbourhood.
There doesn’t seem to be a church attached, it’s surrounded by apartments and factories but the sign remains strong. The authorities pay it no mind and passersby mind their own business.
Where it came from and why it’s there are questions I have no answers to.
Not too long ago I attended a Christmas Eve carol service at a huge, white three balconied church in the heart of a Chinese neighbourhood complete with lighted crosses and ushers wearing white feathered angel wings.
There were even community security officers patrolling the grounds to ensure people’s safety.
The congregation was ninety-nine percent Chinese.
Interior of Shangmeilin Church, Shenzhen, China
In the last four years I have seen Catholic churches and Muslim mosques in my city and other cities and been invited to church many times by both Chinese and foreigners.
Contrary to popular opinion in the west, foreign religions are not suppressed in China, but they are controlled. Maybe with good reason. When you look at the history of countries which followed non-indigenous religions it hasn’t always worked out for the best.
Here’s the full report from the UK Express newspaper.