Xi Jinping the president of China said that he wants to end poverty by the year 2020. His mission includes to visits poor Christian families. They government cadres encourage poor Christians to follow the Communist Party policies.
Yugan county in Jiangxi province is located on the edge of Poyang. It is an area where a large number of poor Christian community is resided. According to an official data more than 11% of its one million residents are living below the country’s official poverty line while almost 10 % population is Christian.
“Many poor households have plunged into poverty because of illness in the family. Some resorted to believe in Jesus to cure their illnesses,” said Qi Yan, chairman of the Huangjinbu people’s congress. “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,” he added.
To alleviate poverty, many believers have been told to detach the pictures of Jesus, the religious icon of cross and the gospel couplets from the mantelpieces in their homes. They are instructed to hang portraits of Xi instead posters of Jesus. The same practice reminds the era of the late chairman Mao Zedong whose portraits were once ubiquitous in Chinese homes. The poor Christians are compelled to swap their religious icons and artifacts and replace them with posters of Xi Jinping.
A resident said, “They all have their belief and of course, they did not want to take them down. But there is no way out. If they don’t agree to do so, they won’t be given their quota from the poverty relief fund.”
According to a local social media report, over the weekend, Yugan’s Huangjinbu and a group of activists visited poor Christian families to promote the poverty-relief policy of the political party of Xi. They helped them solve their materialistic problems. The officials successfully “melted the hard ice in their hearts”. As a result, more than 600 villagers voluntarily removed the religious texts and paintings from their homes, and replaced them with 453 portraits of Xi.