----A Letter from Chai Ling to the Hong Kong Protesters on China's National Day
October 1st, 2014
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Hong Kong,
As messages sent from friends, as well as news coverage and prayer letters, reach me on behalf of your "umbrella movement," I am brought great joy but also great pain through memories evoked of the 1989 Tiananmen massacre.
My joy comes from seeing a new generation courageously rising up in Hong Kong, which is asking for the same freedom, with the same principles, as we did 25 years ago: love, peace and nonviolence, as I described in my memoir: "A Heart for Freedom." This courage proves that, despite billions of dollars spent by the Chinese government to erase the truth of the 1989 movement, it cannot stop these young people from expressing the deep longings for love and freedom in their hearts. Truly, God has put eternity on our hearts. No one and no government can ever change that; not in Hong Kong, not in China, not in the world! This alone is a HUGE victory for China and for humanity!
My pain comes from a deep love and concern about whether the Hong Kong people will receive the same kind of crackdown as we suffered. After much prayer, I know in my spirit that if this movement abides in the following advice it will not receive defeat. It will be given great victory! How can I be so certain about this? I am confident, not because the Beijing government has changed, or because the circumstances have changed, but because today we have been given the truth. I have seen and remain confident in the fact that if we embrace this truth and live by this truth, it will set us free. The following is my advice for the movement:
Holding firm to the truth: A great price has been paid to find the truth that I am sharing freely with you today. 25 years ago, the request of millions of people who protested for 56 days in Beijing, and all throughout China, was very simple: to have a dialogue with the government, to see the true face of their government, to know the truth about their people, and to find the truth of their hope for freedom. The Tiananmen massacre and these past 25 years have revealed the brutal nature of the communist system, and its complete moral and spiritual bankruptcy. It has also revealed the love, courage and unwavering pursuit of freedom found in the face of death; and how people change, either through fear or pressure, in the aftermath of things. However, one by one, we are led to the ultimate truth that I base my hope for a free Hong Kong and a free China on: Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. (John 14:6).
The Tiananmen and Hong Kong protests have been dubbed democratic movements, but all of us who participated in the 1989 movement, and those of us who are participating in the Hong Kong movement today, know that what we want is something far more significant than just a right to vote. It is about creating a world and society that is filled with love, peace, hope, fellowship, and joy. It is about finding justice, equality, prosperity and freedom. It is about creating a society that protects and fulfills the deepest longings of our human hearts. For that, my search in these past 25 years have found a common thread. When Jesus' teachings were embraced by leaders and by people, via Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Ghandi, and 16th century America, it led them to peace and freedom. As one of the American founding fathers, John Adams, said: "[W]e have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." Let us face the truth; even if the Beijing government grants no screening for future election candidates, true freedom and democracy can only be achieved and function on the teachings Jesus represented by his Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5).
Achieve freedom through Love: This is not an easy struggle, but we are given a way and strategy through Jesus, and that is to love God, love ourselves, and love others as we love ourselves. God promised us: where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom (2 Corinthians 3:17)! The fruit of the Spirit are: Love, Peace, Joy, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self Control (Galatians 5:22). When we are able to live out these fruits of the Spirit, no matter the circumstances, we will experience freedom. When we lose the spirit of the Lord, we will fall into defeat. "Do not be overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good" (Romans 12:21). How can we demonstrate love to the leaders of Beijing and Hong Kong?
Know the victory is certain: For God so love the world, He gave his one and only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). God has gave us his son Jesus, and from that time on, He promised that the government on earth will be established on Jesus' shoulders. Jesus will establish an earthly Kingdom, upholding it with righteousness and justice. The certainty of this does not depends on us protesters, or on the Chinese government, but depends onthe zeal of the Lord Almighty (Isaiah 9:7). You may ask, "why we have not seen China's government become righteous and just?" The answer is: it is coming! As each of us embraces the truth of Jesus, we are bringing and building His righteous government and world on earth now, one person a time. It is up to each of us. The Beijing government can not stop that!
Use the power of faith to bring transformation: If you believe in God through Jesus, and know that you have been given amazing power through your faith, remember what Jesus told his friends: "Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, 'Be taken up and cast into the sea,' it will happen. And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive" (Matthew 21:21-22).
Today, know that you have the same power to speak into any situation and bring freedom into Hong Kong, China and beyond! Know that you are never alone, we are with you, cheering you on, and most importantly, God is with you too! Jesus, who loves us so dearly and died for us so we can have freedom, is also with us until the very end!
Each of your hearts for freedom is a brilliant firework for National Day! Now let the celebration for a truly free new Hong Kong and a new China begin!
All Girls Allowed (http://www.allgirlsallowed.org) was founded by Chai Ling in 2010 with a mission to display the love of Jesus by restoring life, value and dignity to girls and mothers in China and revealing the injustice of the One-Child Policy. “In Jesus’ Name, Simply Love Her.”