Not renounce to your freedom

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Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波) is a poet and human rights activist who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010. However, the Chinese government (country for which I feel a special affection) has not allowed him to receive it and keeps it prisoner for opposing the regime.

Mr. Liu was a professor of literature at Beijing Normal University, Columbia University, University of Hawaii and others. He was abroad when took place peaceful protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989. In April of that year decided to return to his homeland, despite the risks and actively participate in the movement.

This protest has an image that represents very well the spirit: a young rebel (unarmed) prevents a tank advance and many others. Is estimated that 7,000 people died (we can not know the exact number) in Tian’anmen.

Liu Xiabo fue uno de los autores del manifiesto “Carta 08” (零八宪章) el cual presenta 17 demandas específicas como libertad de expresión y libertad religiosa. Este manifiesto fue firmado por 10,000 personas. Dos días antes de la publicación fue puesto en custodia por la policía. Fue enjuiciado el año 2009 por los cargos de “incitar la subversión al estado”.

Liu Xiaobo was one of the authors of the manifesto “Charter 08” (零八 宪章) which contains 17 specific demands such as freedom of expression and religious freedom. This manifesto was signed by 10,000 people. Two days before the publication was taken into custody by police. He was tried in 2009 on the charges of “inciting subversion to state.”

He made this statement on December 23, 2009 :

I have no enemies, and no hatred. None of the police who have monitored, arrested and interrogated me, the prosecutors who prosecuted me, or the judges who sentence me, are my enemies. While I’m unable to accept your surveillance, arrest, prosecution or sentencing, I respect your professions and personalities, including Zhang Rongge and Pan Xueqing who act for the prosecution at present. I was aware of your respect and sincerity in your interrogation of me on December 3.

For hatred is corrosive of a person’s wisdom and conscience; the mentality of enmity can poison a nation’s spirit, instigate brutal life and death struggles, destroy a society’s tolerance and humanity, and block a nation’s progress to freedom and democracy. I hope therefore to be able to transcend my personal vicissitudes in understanding the development of the state and changes in society, to counter the hostility of the regime with the best of intentions, and defuse hate with love….

I do not feel guilty for following my constitutional right to freedom of expression, for fulfilling my social responsibility as a Chinese citizen. Even if accused of it, I would have no complaints.

Until this day he is kept prisoner, despite fighting for human rights that many today do not even exercise. We have religious freedom to proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God, yet many remain silent or do not take a leading role in this work. To those I say to remember that is a right that do not have citizens of countries like Saudi Arabia, Iran, Uzbekistan, China, Egypt, Myanmar, Maldives, Eritrea, Malaysia and Brunei.

After knowing this, you still want to stay inactivein a country where you do have freedom toproclaim Christ? Do you still want to stay inactive in the transformation of the world in a country where you do have the freedom to express yourself? Do you still want to remain inert to all the injustices we see day after day? Still want tostay in the shade when your destiny is shining?

My message today is not to give up the freedom you have. Do not be overcome by fears. Do not be overcome by guilt, remorse. They are no longer slaves to sin. If you have chosen God have been forgiven their sins with the blood of Christ. Jesus has given us dignity. pray, preach, act. Do not let time pass without you doing something. Our mission is urgent and they are all important. God wants us all to work for him.

But it is not useful to perform marches and protests if there is no prayer to back them up. Being active also means praying. (Contrary to what medieval monks thought, I think that prayer is also a job). We also know that prayer itself is a tremendously powerful weapon, which must be attached to the word. So pray for the release of Liu Xiaobo and we will see the power of God. Pray for the impossible. Let us give important work to God. It is not that we do everything ourselves. The world is alone in its tasks, but we have a powerful giant who fights for us.

The book of Jeremiah 20:11 (the Bible) says:

But the Lord is with me like a mighty warrior;  so my persecutors will stumble and not prevail. They will fail and be thoroughly disgraced;  their dishonor will never be forgotten.

Pray for religious freedom in the world. We pray for God release people in prison only because they had the courage to defend their freedom and even were willing to leave everything to fight for it … As Liu Xiaobo.

‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.” –  Zechariah 4:6

2 thoughts on “Not renounce to your freedom

  1. Nice article. Though you sound like you are talking about 2 forms of freedom, freedom from national persecution and religious persecution. Because in Mr. Liu’s case, he’s fighting for a more democratic and transparent government, not actually religious freedom.
    I agree that we have a victorious God and He fights for us, but I also believe God wants us to be balanced, reasonable and loving Christ-followers. In fact, God has also given us many clear instructions on obeying authorities like Romans 13:1-5, 1 timothy 6 etc.
    Because in the end, God specifically promised us that He is the fair judge, and He WILL punish the evil that has been done, and the vengence is His, not ours.

    I believe we have the right to exercise freedom in this country, but exercise with the legal limits. Paul talked about our rights as Christians in 1 Corintios 10:23 “Todo está permitido, pero no todo es provechoso. «Todo está permitido», pero no todo es constructivo.”

    Very interesting topic, let’s talk some other time.

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