Select one of the topics from the list below and use your Bible to find at least two verses that speak to that topic. Explain why you chose the verse that you did, and in practicing the idea of application, explain how it applies to your life. You may use whatever tools you have available to you to find and share these passages. Then comment on at least two of your classmate’s posts.
Sanctity of Life
Compassion for the Poor
Most people do not associate "democracy" with Communist China. Instead, they think of Mao Zedong's Cultural Revolution and the 1989 quelling of student protestors in Tiananmen Square. But while China does not have a republican system like the United States, its citizens have continually struggled for democratic ideals like the freedom of speech, press and assembly. Throughout the 20th century, the Chinese have fought for democratic freedoms in the face of oppression, stressed the importance of equality in society and politics and argued that China's government is a true democracy that respects the people's rights. In the early 20th century, Chinese revolutionaries struggled against oppressive regimes that restricted democratic principles like freedom of the speech and assembly. The 1919 May Fourth Movement was one of the first examples of such struggle. According to Deng Yingchao's "The Spirit of the May Fourth Movement," students "emphatically refused to become slaves to foreign powers" (360) but were "denied expressing their patriotic views" by the "reactionary Northern warlord government" (361). This protest was one of the first instances in which people took to the street en masse. Because students were exposed to "new European ideas and culture" as well as Marxist-Leninist theories after World War I (361), they were not going to put up with an oppressive government. When the warlords began to silence protestors, the students began to fight for their essential rights as well. Deng explains that by resisting, students struggled for "freedom of assembly and association; the right to express one's political views; and freedom of the press" (361). When they realized that the warlord government refused to let them speak out, students realized that "freedom and democratic rights could not be gained without a fierce struggle" (362) and continued to demonstrate against the warlords' policies. While the government eventually cracked down on the protests, the May Fourth Movement was the catalyst for further Chinese resistance against oppressive regimes. Several years later, the Shanghai General Labor Union used similar reasoning to strike. Its leaders believed that the masses were oppressed by "the rule of feudal warlords," (379) who denied workers rights like the freedom to assemble and a fair wage. According to the "The General Strike" article, the leaders of the General Labor Union believed the Shanghai government should establish "a government that truly protects the welfare of the people" and allow workers to "hold meetings, to form associations, and to strike, as well as freedom of speech and freedom of the press" (380). While the warlords thought that "the workers of Shanghai [wanted] to form a labor government" the union leaders insisted they wanted a "citizens' government, a democratic government under the Republic" (383). This desire for better rights illustrated how "the working class was determined to revolt against imperialism" (379) and was ready to fight for "freedom and liberation" (380). By struggling for better working conditions, the workers demonstrated "the strength of the revolutionary masses" and reinforced "the common people's fight for political power" (378). Though the strikes eventually ended, the leaders believed that their "call for returning to work [was] not a retreat, but a preparation for a greater struggle" (384). Indeed, the union leaders' words would foreshadow China's fight for survival a decade later. In the midst of a war with Imperial Japan, China's leaders called on the people to fight for the country's democratic identity. In a 1939 speech to Guomindang committees, Chiang Kai-Shek insisted that China was "fighting this war for our national existence and for freedom to follow the course of national revolution" (401). To Chiang, the war with Japan was not simply about territorial conquest - it was a fight between imperialism and republicanism. China was fighting against a power that threatened a society in which "concord between the government and people" (403) existed. Unlike previous regimes which were not concerned with the "the happiness and welfare of the common people," China's latest government - "republican in form and revolutionary in spirit" according to Chiang - was "fully aware of its responsibilities" (402) to protect the lives of its citizens. Chiang's government would not fall like previous regimes which were brought down by "the weaknesses of a few officials" (402). Instead, the Republic of China, led by the Guomindang, "had no fear of bullying aggressors" (402) and would not fall to Japan's "mongrel civilization" (403). By appealing to th>GET ANSWER