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24 March 2008

Wouldn't it be GREAT to be a part of an international incident?

Years from now, when someone searches Wikipedia for "Dave Carrol"... I want the words "international incident" to be in there somewhere.

Honestly... wouldn't that be great?

From Wikipedia:

An international incident is a seemingly relatively small or limited action or clash that results in a wider dispute between two or more nation states. International incidents can arise from unanticipated actions involving citizens, government officials, or armed units of one or more nation-states, or out of a deliberate but small provocative actions by one nation-state, or by terrorists, against another nation-state.

Just so everyone realizes... this summer in China... this Olympics ARE going to be an international incident. We all understand this right? You can't massacre people randomly and figure the world will show up, eat some chicken balls... throw a few discusses and head on home.

Western countries are already feeling heat for supporting the games, and active protests have begun on site in China. What there is... is an explosive mix of deep rooted oppression and the stirring of change.


How can Brian Williams roam about the countryside in China freely? Answer. He can't.

How can "the beauty of the country" be shown in this context? It can't.

The Olympics ARE a very political event and athlete's are already being asked NOT to speak out about China's human rights violations. Many will smile, agree and run their little race in their short pants. But some will not. And what happens then? The Lock-down Chinese government won't take criticism from an ATHLETE! But it's not as if Canada could send someone more "tactful" instead of their best athlete.

But why the gag orders? Because the world says little about China. It IS THE superpower in the world today. They holds more economic cards than the West lets on. Don't fool yourself. China is also a military machine. If they ever decide to "dislike" a nation. That would be a bad day for that nation. So China is left alone to do what China does.

Until now. This is the largest public ascension into China that the modern world (fully equipped with it's sensationalized media machine) has ever seen. What does the goofy, "man on the street" reporter do in China? In England, they'd try and get the guys in the big hats to smile or talk.

In China... they... ummm... ummmm... Bueler?

Does an athlete who jumps on the Dali Lama bandwagon care about the fragile political economic tightrope that the government is forced to walk? NOPE. It's more likely that there would be a...

"see crap... say crap" Dave Carrol

...attitude. (A principle that I personally subscribe to as well)

I'm betting on "international incident" of some kind.
My sister in law is headed there and I'm SO jealous.
Why in the world would I want to be a part of an international incident?

Because as a Christian Missionary... I want to be in the place where those who want change are. I want the crap to be stirred so that truth is seen. And China is one of the largest world factors that is rarely openly spoken about in good company. But it's there.

And the underground church is there... praying... believing... stirring up the Spirit of God. As Christians, we've heard the staggering numbers of those being saved in China. It's the greatest revival on the face of the Earth right now. And nobody knows about it.

If you haven't read it, a few years ago, Time Magazine did a wonderful piece about Christianity in China.

After four failed attempts over a millennium and a half by foreign missionaries to gain a foothold in China, Christianity is finally taking root and evolving into a truly Chinese religion. Estimates vary, but some experts say Christians make up 5% of China's population, or 65 million believers. And thousands more are converting every day, the vast majority through unofficial "house" churches like the one that sparked the clash in Hangzhou. "Politically, China hasn't changed at all," says Dennis Balcombe, who has spent the past three decades evangelizing in China from his base in Hong Kong. "But as far as religion is concerned, it is much, much freer."

There is NEED of an International Incident in China. Something to break the strongholds that exist. Check this out in 2 Corinthian 10:3-5

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Demolish is the word "dunamis" from which we get the word "dynamite". It's time blow some stuff up in China. And when it happens... I pray that the right people with the right answers are on the ground! The underground church in China must be relishing the opportunity to have contact (even if it's only theoretically) with the rest of world that they've heard they're worshiping along with.

I've never been so interested in an Olympic Games.


Matt Vaandering said...
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Matt Vaandering said...

im not so sure that there actually are so many strongholds in China. Thousands of people get saved there every day. If anything, I'd say they are free from strongholds, at least in terms of the spiritual realm. If I go by numbers, which may not be the best thing to go by, but they are the simplest, I would say that in Canada we have less political strongholds and more spiritual ones. I might be totally wrong in my theory.
PS: (I'll try to find the really cool video of the underground church in China and post it on my blog)

Dave Carrol said...

I know what you're saying... but I also heard someone say once... do you think that the Chinese Christians would choose persecution, death and not meeting with each other if given the choice?

And yes there is enormous salvation exploding in China but it's an incredibly God-less society. And there is no freedom for... well anything... so it's still got many "strongholds" to break.

I think that it actually speaks to our laziness and lack of motivation to share Jesus in our culture more than anything.

I'm just speculating obviously

Eric said...

Blow stuff up? I can do that! :o)

Kirsten said...

I totally agree with most of what you have to say. China's human rights practices are horrible, but why must you bring religion into it. What does religion have to due with human rights. You are a Christian missionary and thats great for you but there Buddhist way of life is a longer standing religion the any Christian based religion out there. Any way what I'm saying is that there is no correlation between human rights and religion and it should stay that way.

Dave Carrol said...

Hi Kristen... thanks for commenting. You know I don't think it's possible to separate faith and the practics of pretty much everything. From human rights to political ethics to sex...

It's actually why I talk about how God effects and influences so many things in everyday life. Not religion but God.

What we do is a just a reflection of what we believe in a larger context... either intentionally or subconsciously.

And yes I do agree the human rights are something equal and open for all people (by definition of human rights) but I don't put much faith or hope in the institutions that we've all put in place to bring genuine hope to mankind.

And yes I know about other faiths etc... and we all need to be gracious and treat each other with respect... but there IS a right or wrong answer. Either Jesus is who he said he was... or He wasn't. So there does need to be a line drawn in sand sometimes...

... comes with the teritory. And it's what makes discussing how God influences the world so fascinating to me... you CANNOT escape that this is THE question of life and what we do all filters through what we believe.

Anyway... don't be a stranger OK?

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