Sister Yuan who becomes much less committed to her church since the pandemic is not a single case. Her life experience may offer a conclusion about a current situation in Christianity: believers may tend to be more atomized.
In recent years, the poor economic situation has affected the rural economy and income, particularly inpacting families burdened with debt due to marriage. The economic uncertainty intensifies their desire for certainty, contributing to the resurge of mysterious folk religions in rural areas.
With the pursuit of individual equality and independence in society, the groundwork for the emergence of new churches has been laid. Young people, who are seeking faith groups and escaping from traditional churches’ imposed socialization, will inevitably find inspiration in “dazi” culture.
Observation: Three Pastors Become Employees During Pandemic, Reflecting Decline and Transformation of Traditional Church
There are three brothers who were once influential pastors but have now taken on roles as migrant workers or street vendors. The transformative effects of the three-year pandemic have not only impacted their daily lives but have also altered social dynamics.
Graduating from the same theological training class, two pastors rarely sat down with peace of mind despite theological differences. The economic recession due to COVID-19 prompted them to unite more than ever.
The redemption in Journey to the West is different from that of Christianity in many places, even in essence. Redemption in the Chinese novel is quite in line with the spiritual characteristics of Chinese culture.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the rural and urban churches were both faced with challenges and responded differently. The resilience of the rural church and villagers' dependence on the Christian faith stood out despite having irregular meetings.
Although both China and the West acknowledge the dark consciousness of human nature, the ways to overcome it are different, which leads to different civilizations and social and political systems.
The “last mile” problem exists on the road between church and society, and this “last mile” is by no means easy. There is probably no better way to deal with it than to study.
After thousands of years of development, can Christianity no longer break through its own bottleneck? Obviously not so.