Reading through some conservative websites, I found this neat little story on Breitbart titled: “Chinese State Media: Millennial-oriented Communist Propaganda Failing For ‘Zen Generation’.”
This is a rather eye-catching story considering the fact that I certainly did not think China of all places would have a problem with their own millennial generation.
The article reads: “China’s government-run newspaper Global Times complained in a piece published Tuesday that millennials of the ‘Zen generation’ are ‘indifferent’ to communism, a sign that Xi Jinping’s efforts to impose Marxist ideology on young Chinese people are failing.”
I would just like to point out the irony of American millennials loving communism and Chinese millennials being at the very least indifferent to it.
Quoting the Global Times, Breitbart writes: “They are not inspired by any patriotic drive or the Party’s political catchphrases. They are simply indifferent.”
Then Breitbart writes: “Under Xi, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has invested heavily in youth-centered propaganda, including producing rap videos about communism, organizing ‘mass dating’ events where Communist Youth League members can meet state-approved potential mates, and doubling down on textbooks and academic study that promote Chinese military belligerence. Chinese officials have also cracked down on non-Mandarin language and religions considered rivals to ‘socialism with Chinese characteristics.’”
“Yet the Global Times admits in a report on the ‘Zen-generation’ that these efforts appear to be, in part, failing. ‘People who call themselves Zen-generation, either seriously or half-jokingly, are seemingly fine with anything that happens to them,’ the article notes, suggested that these individuals refuse to put effort into anything, including work and relationships.”
Is there any way we can do a Millennial-exchange program with the Chinese? Because I’d rather have the Chinese millennials over American millennials. And yes, I know that I myself am a millennial, but I would imagine that program being voluntary rather than mandatory. I know that plenty of American millennials would rather live in China at this point and I can imagine a good few of the Chinese millennials would be willing to see what America is like.
I think that program would be a win-win for everyone. America gets millennials that, regardless of their flaws, won’t flat-out demand full-on communism on social media (yes, I saw someone call for full-on communism as a Christmas present). American millennials will finally experience what communism is like and (hopefully) learn why it’s the worst system of government around. China gets millennials that are excited about communism and Chinese millennials get to experience real Democracy and freedom.
Putting jokes aside, we return to the Breitbart article. The article then reads: “The Chinese Communist Youth League has identified this as a threat and a ‘total tragedy.’”
“’Only when the young have ambitions and are responsible can a nation have prospects,’ the Youth League said in an article on the topic posted on social media and quoted by the Times. The newspaper notes that communists may indeed have something to be worried about, that ‘this new trend is a passive reaction against the rapid reforms, changes, and developments of modern-day Chinese society.’”
The article then mentions how there are more Christians in China than there are Communist Party members. Now, I tend not to simply take such information on the internet and immediately believe it. Thankfully, Breitbart doesn’t assume you’ll flat-out believe them either, so they set up a link to an Australian news website about the Chinese government cracking down on Christians and churches.
The article says that “Some say there are 100 million Christians in China – that’s more than Communist Party members. The Chinese government admits there are about 25 million Christians registered at state-run churches where pastors are appointed by the state and theology approved by the governments Religious Affairs Bureau. But the big worry for the Party is the unregistered worshippers in the underground churches. Accurate estimates are difficult to get, but experts say their numbers vary between 40 million and 70 million. And they say by 2030 China will have the world’s largest Christian population.”
This is fantastic news to hear about the growth of the Christian faith in a communist country. Yet another reason I kinda actually want such an exchange program. If the estimate really is 100 million, that means that Christians make up roughly 7% of China’s population. While not a lot, you also have to remember that China has the largest population in the world at over 1.3 BILLION people. And considering that this is a communist country, that number is something to be happy about.
But returning to the Chinese millennials, I’m happy to see a millennial generation that isn’t entirely in love with the ideology of communism. While not every single American millennial likes the idea of socialism (as evidenced by yours truly), the fact that roughly half of my generation likes socialism makes me worried about the future of this country.
But the good news is that that number can always change. People can be educated. Enlightened. If Christianity can not just survive but even GROW in a communist country, I have hope for this country’s Christian faith.
I even have some hope for China’s FUTURE! And that’s a sentence I never thought I’d ever write. If these Chinese millennials learn to despise communism (as everyone who considers themselves logical should), then that would be a massive blow to global communist efforts, essentially striking at the heart of today’s global communism.
Now, I might be speaking a bit prematurely here. Like I talked about American millennials getting educated being a possibility, so is Chinese millennials embracing the propaganda being drilled into their brains a possibility. And while I usually prefer to adopt a realistic outlook on many things, I can’t help but be at least somewhat optimistic over these news.
The potential to dismantle the Chinese communist regime is there, and it can be done by China’s own youth. I am certainly hopeful of that possibility, slim as it may be at the moment.
I just hope and pray that people all around the world will wake up to the truth. To the truth that communism sucks. To the truth that big government sucks. But more importantly, to the Truth that Christ is the one and only Son of God, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. That no matter who is President of any country, Jesus is King.
And I see the potential for such an awakening in China. I just hope American millennials will follow Chinese millennials… Oh look at that, another sentence I never thought I’d say.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
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