Monday, May 21, 2012

Escape to the ‘City on a Hill’


Have you heard about the Chinese human rights activist who recently escaped to America? Chen Guangcheng was placed under house arrest in 2006 for his work to document and protest the horrific practice of forced abortion in communist China. As a result, he and his family have endured great trials, including beating and imprisonment. You can read his story here.

From the Department of State Flickr Account
(Interesting side note: Actor Christian Bale (Dark Knight) helped draw attention to the plight of Chen Guangcheng a few months ago.)

Chen and his family are finally safe, having found refuge in the United States of America. So far, this story has a happy ending!

But this is just one of many stories taking place all over the world. Chen is not the only one working to fight injustice in China. Here is another good article, giving a glimpse into the world of those who publicly criticize the communist government:

The story of Chen Guangcheng reminds me of the role America plays in making a happy ending possible for many people seeking refuge from persecution and tyranny.  We watch and read stories all the time – both fictional and real-life – that involve the good guys escaping the clutches of evil. But unless it’s the story of a martyr, it usually means that there is somewhere to escape to – someplace where they are safe and free.

I personally know people who are seeking asylum in the United States; to them and many others, America is that place of peace and refuge. God has used America to not only bless those living within her borders, but the entire world. Our country’s founders envisioned “a city on a hill,” and for all our faults and imperfections, by God’s grace, that is what we are.

This is one of the primary reasons that I am involved in American politics. I want to keep that flame of hope and light burning. I don’t want to live to see our City on a Hill fall. I want the words inscribed on the Statue of Liberty to ring true: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

From the Department of State Flickr Account
Through Generation Joshua, I’ve learned just how much international ministry and missions is made possible because America is a nation under God, governed by laws and not mere men.  Working to keep America free, a country where everyone can receive justice under the law, is a noble calling. Working to keep our economy stable, so we can prosper and support ministries and missions, is noble. Working to keep our national defense strong, so as to maintain our voice of influence on behalf of the oppressed, is noble.  Working to build a culture that values life, children, and families - in stark contrast to much of our dark world today - is noble. 
 
As Americans, we work to give people like Chen Guangcheng somewhere to escape. This City on a Hill is ours to keep strong.  

What motivates you to be involved in politics?

Post by Grace Tate, member of the Generation Joshua Leadership Corps.

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