June 29 – Chinese Ban on Rooftop Crosses

Christianity is growing rapidly in Communist China. So concerned authorities in a Chinese province, Zhejiang (Jheh-jung) , have forcibly removed rooftop crosses from churches and have proposed a ban on further placement of this symbol. Since early 2014, officials have toppled crosses from more than 400 churches. But though the symbol may be destroyed, the message can never be. The Old Rugged Cross, written by American George Bennard in 1913 tells the story of the cross like few other hymns. Its words catch the essence of Jesus` death for us all. “On a hill far away, stood an old rugged cross, the emblem of suffering and shame; and I love that old cross where the dearest and best, for a world of lost sinners was slain. “ It is based on the famous verse in John`s gospel. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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