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Post  Admin on Fri 24 Sep 2010, 2:40 pm

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Christianity in China
September 23, 2010 Chuck Colson
The man who owns the industrial valve company makes no secret of his
religious faith: He's a committed Christian. Once a week, he gathers
together his senior staffers for prayer. Employees are invited to attend
Bible studies on the premises and pray for one another's needs.
The factory owner is also quite open about another fact: When it comes
to hiring, he would choose Christians over non-Christians every
time—because he thinks they make better workers.
You may think this company is located in South Carolina—but
you'd be wrong. It's in southeastern China. The company is
exhibit "A" for the argument, backed up by social researchers,
that Christian faith is responsible for much of China's
productivity.
A faithful BreakPoint listener alerted me to an article from the BBC,
written by Christopher Landau. Landau reports that the valve
company's owner, Weng-Jen Wau, believes that the more Christian
employees he has, the better his business will prosper.
"If you're a Christian you're more honest, with a better
heart," Wau says. And if they do something wrong, "they feel
guilty—that's the difference," he notes.
An employee at Wau's factory agreed. "If everybody became a
Christian," he said, "it would have a very big impact, and would
really help the development of our factory."
Wau and his employees are not alone in believing this. The Chinese
government is studying the impact of Christian entrepreneurs and
Christian-run businesses. A professor at the Chinese Academy of Social
Sciences told Landau that it's clear to him that the growth of
Christianity and economic prosperity are taking place simultaneously in
Wenzhou—a city deeply influenced by Christian missionaries in the
past.
An American sociologist named Rodney Stark would not be surprised at
this finding: He's been saying the same thing for years. Stark is
the author of a wonderful book titled the Victory of Reason: How
Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success.
Stark writes that without Christianity' s commitment to "reason,
progress, and moral equality . . . today the entire world would be about
where non-European societies were in, say, 1800." This would be a
world "lacking universities, banks, factories, eyeglasses, chimneys,
and pianos"—not to mention scientists.
Amazingly enough, at the end of his book, Stark quotes a published
statement by Chinese scholars, who said they had no doubt that
Christianity is the source of Western prosperity! "The Christian
moral foundation of social and cultural life," they said, "was
what made possible the emergence of capitalism and the successful
transition to democratic politics."
For some time I've been saying that America's economic collapse
was the result of a moral and ethical collapse—and the abandonment
of Christian principles in public life. I find it amazing that a Chinese
factory owner can understand this, but our business, academic, and
political elites cannot.
The simultaneous rise of Christian faith and economic success in China
is just one piece of evidence that worldview matters. And that the
Christian worldview, above all others, allows us to thrive in—and
make sense of—the world we live in.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-10942954
http://www.breakpoint.org/bpcommentaries/entry/13/15379
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