As you think about your biggest challenge to going to church this weekend, it might be that you don’t get a close enough parking spot.

But this incredible letter really puts things in perspective for me.

It is from Pastor Wang Yi, who was just arrested along with more than 100 other Christians just for trying to have a church service.  He knew this was going to happen, so he wrote this letter in advance to share with the world:

On the basis of the teachings of the Bible and the mission of the gospel, I respect the authorities God has established in China. For God deposes kings and raises up kings. This is why I submit to the historical and institutional arrangements of God in China.

As a pastor of a Christian church, I have my own understanding and views, based on the Bible, about what righteous order and good government is. At the same time, I am filled with anger and disgust at the persecution of the church by this Communist regime, at the wickedness of their depriving people of the freedoms of religion and of conscience. But changing social and political institutions is not the mission I have been called to, and it is not the goal for which God has given his people the gospel.

For all hideous realities, unrighteous politics, and arbitrary laws manifest the cross of Jesus Christ, the only means by which every Chinese person must be saved. They also manifest the fact that true hope and a perfect society will never be found in transformation of any earthly institution or culture but only in our sins being freely forgiven by Christ and in the hope of eternal life.

Read the entire letter here.

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