Chinese Communists Replace Statue of Jesus with a Lightning Rod

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Breitbart: Officials of China’s United Front have removed a statue of Christ the King from the steeple of the church of Linjiazhuang in Shandong, replacing it with a lightning rod.

Calling Christian symbols on church rooftops “too visible,” the United Front also tore down crosses from the church of Wuda (Inner Mongolia) and from the church of Zhumadian (Henan), reported AsiaNews, the official press agency of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions.

The removal of the statue of Jesus forms part of the program of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to “Sinicize” religion in China by expunging it of Western influence and making it more compatible with the tenets of Chinese socialism, the report said. more…

Opinion: The church of Linjiazhuang is Catholic. To fully understand how this could happen we need to go back to a UK Telegraph headline from September 24, 2018:

Vatican announces historic deal with China on bishop appointment

The Vatican on Saturday announced it had signed a “provisional agreement” with China on the appointment of bishops, a breakthrough on an issue that for decades fueled tensions between the Holy See and Beijing and thwarted efforts toward diplomatic relations.

Beijing’s long-held insistence that it must approve the appointments in China clashed with absolute papal authority to pick bishops.

Then fast forward to a Christianity Today headline from September 19, 2019:

China Forces Churches to Replace Ten Commandments with Xi Jinping Quotes

As China continues its religious crackdown, the authorities in part of central China have reportedly removed the Ten Commandments from churches and replaced them with quotes by President Xi Jinping. 

One pastor speaking to Bitter Winter (magazine) explained how the Communist Party was seeking to slowly dismantle Christian beliefs in China. 

It is called betrayal.

“That which has been is what will be,
That which is done is what will be done,
And there is nothing new under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1:9