China’s Sorrow

China, O China, may the Lord rescue you from your black shrouds of greed! For none other can save you.

God, give me tears to weep for a people who shun Your ways, give me love greater than my hatred for their – my – transgressions! Speak peace to the people who have abandoned goodness, hear in Your lovingkindness, O Lord, and change us, for we are a people of unclean lips, of cold-heartedness, of murder and massacre, of grievous sin against You.

My God, my God, why do the nations rage and the people plot in vain? Lord, send calamity and save the people from the calamities of the heart! Deliver us from the hand of the evil one, and cleanse the land of the curses of sin!

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2 responses to “China’s Sorrow

  1. What’s wrong with you? Greed is within every single person on Earth, not defined by skin color, race, or culture.

    Americans are among the most greedy people on Earth.

    我是一位愛中國的中國人﹗美國人是世界上的貪心人了……請你想一想吧﹗

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    • I’ve never denied this fact that you rightly point out: we all have the disfigurement of a multitude of sins within us, whether greed or lust or murder or pride or envy or idolatry. Indeed, greed has so blinded some Americans so much, for so long, that it’s gotten the country into the economic troubles in which we find ourselves now.

      As a side note, I decline to compare the greed of an average Chinese person with that of an average American: such inquiry simply will not be productive.

      Please don’t feed me slogans and insinuate that I don’t love China. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (索贊尼辛) once said, ‘Patriotism means unqualified and unwavering love for the nation, which implies not uncritical eagerness to serve, not support for unjust claims, but frank assessment of its vices and sins, and penitence for them.’

      Even a child cannot approve of what threatens to destroy his beloved parents, and even a father cannot approve of what threatens to destroy his beloved son.

      If it seemed that I was merely singling out Chinese people for the shame of the label of greed forgive me: I was merely overcome by the great and terrible things of which our people have been guilty, whether we repudiate them or not, and have committed for the sake of an economically prosperous system that nevertheless continues to prey on the most helpless.

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