Twenty years ago today, tanks cleared Tiananmen Square and squashed a peaceful democracy protest. The long-term response of the Communist Party was brilliant: help guarantee that the educated elite can get rich, thus cutting the head off any emerging organization. It seems to have worked.
However, I’m more interested in a particular claim of the growing underground church in China. The brand of faith in China explicitly claims that believing in Christ has no political ramifications; the Christian faith does not threaten the single party rule of communist China. This is the argument for the government to end its harassment of house church leaders.
I cannot speak to the validity of this claim for Christians in China, however, for Asian-Americans, can this hold true? Our faith in Jesus Christ would then perpetuate the tendency of all Asian-Americans to be politically apathetic. “Make no waves.” “The nail that sticks out gets hammered down.”
But if we are to live the prophetic legacy of Jesus Christ, then we should anticipate getting hammered. We speak for the voiceless, and given that horrible model minority label that gets slapped on all of us, there are plenty of Asian-Americans who need an advocate. And a political faith and agenda that is not crafted out of Colorado Springs, CO.