Beiging : Christians in south east China have reportedly been told it is President Xi Jinping who will help them fight and eliminates poverty and not Jesus Christ. They have been aked to remove Christ’s Images and instead put up a good photograph of Jinping, as he will save them. Local officials have told thousands of Christians in China’s Yugan country that Jesus Christ wouldn’t drag them out of poverty or cure their illness, but the Chinese Communist Party will. Hence ,they should take down those pictures of Christ and put up a nice photograph of President Xi Jinping. Located on the edge of Poyang,China’s largest freshwater lake, the impoverished country in the Jiangxi province is known equally for its poverty and its large Christian community. More than 11 per cent of its one million residents live bellow the country’s official poverty line, while nearly 10 per cent is Christian . South China Morning Post reported, citing official data.
453 CHRISTIAN SAYINGS IMAGES REPLACED WITH XI's
According to sources, a social media account in Yugan county said villagers had "willingly" removed 624 posters showing Christian religious sayings and images, and replaced them with 453 images of President Xi.The move, while still on a small scale, depicts the personality cult surrounding Communist China's first leader, Mao Zedong, whose picture was in every home.In the latest campaign, members of the Communist Party of China involved in poverty alleviation toured villages informing the people how the party was supporting agriculture and removing poverty.Under President Xi, the ruling Communist Party had made ending poverty by 2020 a top priority, and the campaign is not only crucial to the political legacy of the country's most powerful leader since Mao, but also serves to consolidate the party's control over the grass roots of society..
1000 PORTRAITS OF XI DISTRIBUTED IN VILLAGES : - Qi Yan, the chairman of the Huangjinbu people's congress and the person-in-charge of the township's poverty-relief drive, said the campaign had been running across the county since March and it focussed on teaching Christian families how much the party had done to help eradicate poverty and how much concern President Xi had shown for their well-being."Many poor households have plunged into poverty because of illness in the family. Some resorted to believing in Jesus to cure their illnesses. But we tried to tell them that getting ill is a physical thing and that the people who can really help them are the Communist Party and General Secretary Xi," South China Morning Post quoted Qi, as saying. Although Qi further said that the township government had distributed more than 1,000 portraits of President Xi, and that all of them had been hung in the residents' homes.