CHINA: Pastor singing “Jesus Loves Me” arrested

CHINA: Pastor singing “Jesus Loves Me” arrested
A paramilitary police officer stands guard at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China April 16, 2017. REUTERS\/Jason Lee JASON LEE April 16, 2017 09:28pm EDT

So often our religious liberty and freedom is taken for granted in the United States. The sad reminder comes at the expense of Christians suffering and being persecuted in other countries. Pastor Xu Rongzhang was detained in Zhengzhou, China, on Saturday, after he joined a group in singing the popular Christian hymn "Jesus Loves Me", according to China Aid. Can you imagine being arrested for singing this song? 

Faithwire and Christian Post report that a pastor from Taiwan was recently arrested after leading a group of Christians in singing the popular song, “Jesus Loves Me,” according to an organization that works to expose human rights abuses in China.

Pastor Xu Rongzhang was arrested on Saturday as reported by China Aid. 

“Officials stated that the song was an illegal religious activity and detained Xu on April 15,” the organization said in a statement posted on its website. “They also took his identification documents and permit to travel to mainland China and did not return them until April 17, even though Xu was released on the same day that he was taken into custody.”

A voicemail from Faithwire seeking further comment or updates on the matter has not yet been returned.

As The Christian Post reported, China’s communist government has been cracking down on the Christian faith, with five Christians recently being sentenced for buying and selling “forbidden Christian devotional books,” among other related infractions. Missionaries, too, have been targeted by the government. And, as Faithwire reported in January, a Chinese woman was reportedly thrown in prison for hosting a Bible study in her home.

China is ranked as the 39th worst place to live in the world as a Christian, according to Open Doors USA’s World Watch List.

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