At church this morning I was talking with a woman who is an Aussie missionary in China and who was reflecting on the massive and rapid expansion of the gospel in this country.
The rate at which people are coming to faith is quite phenomenal and she would suggest that at least for the time being the government are turning a blind eye because they are more preoccupied with the flourishing economy than with the flouting of communist law.
It got me wondering about the rapid expansion of the early church and the emperor Constantine’s ‘conversion’. Some would suggest it was a conversion of convenience as he saw the rapidly growing church as a political power base that he needed to align with.
It makes me wonder if the powers that be in China may one day see the growth of the church as a similar threat and if they may choose to act in a similar way. Unfortunately we all know that the institutionalizing of the church by Constantine was the beginning of the end for the fast growing movement that was the early church.
Just a wondering…