The word ‘pandemic’ was chosen as word of the year, according to an article issued by the Guardian, "Merriam-Webster and Dictionary.com Choose Same Word of the Year: pandemic". Whether the key words of the year are selected or not, it means that this year is destined to be an extraordinary year. For this year, we can use the word "change" to describe the state of the church. The church is constantly changing, changing in its position, denominations, doctrines and theology. Pastors changed the bottom line and attitude. Believers changed churches and beliefs. Society was constantly disappointed and even rejected Christianity.
In the Church, Christmas is celebrated every year and Christmas performances are arranged every year. Originally, under the religious atmosphere of Christmas, there was true worshiping of God and feelings for Jesus. However, as time goes by, if the form of the celebration hasn’t been changed, the whole event will truly be a ‘form’ only.
After the founding of the People's Republic of China, Christianity in the country developed rapidly. In 2007, some scholars estimated that there were 60 or 70 million Christians in China. In a short period of 20 or 30 years, the sharply increasing number of Christians was mainly because of the following reasons.
Not only the salvation through Jesus Christ, the gospel includes the freedom at the moment and the beautiful promise in the future. However, the church does not walk the way in which Jesus takes. The gospel after the pandemic needs to return to Jesus, his teachings, and promises.
Reflection on Dancing in Park and Christianity: How to Break the Dilemma of the Gospel Surrounded by Secularization?
Square dance has nothing to do with Christianity. But, it is because they’re too unrelated, they begin to relate in some way.
Conversion to Christianity from the time of Constantine until the Protestant Reformation relied on social networks and social care to attract believers, but it is not the case in China. Becoming a religious believer in the family is not the most important growth model, but need-based conversion.
The film "Back to 1942" presents the suffering of people who were displaced due to drought and locust plague in Henan. Sometimes suffering is not caused by individuals but also by society.
Undoubtedly, the majority of Christians in China have always been rural-oriented. The main motivation for conversions to Christianity may be felt needs: to heal diseases, loneliness, and have a meaningful cultural and social life.
I received emails from two readers that they confessed they sinned so much that they were punished by God. Xiao Cao felt sinful after she failed to get a job. Xiao Zhang felt guilty after the breakup with his girlfriend. However, that reveals their misunderstanding of themselves and God.
However, is this really the case? If we examine it carefully, we’ll see that the hot trend on the Web may not indicate that the Church is reviving but perhaps it’s declining.