A legacy of safety and peace in China

Originally appeared on spirituality.com

With the Olympic Games about to begin in Beijing in a few days, some are expressing concern about the intense security measures that China is adopting and the chilling legacy they may leave after the games have ended. But Monday’s attack on a military police unit in China’s Muslim northwest seems to support the government’s concerns. Experts both inside and outside China say that the biggest threat comes from violent separatist groups, and although this event took place thousands of miles from Beijing, it is feared as a sign of things to come.

The Bible offers many thoughts that can uplift those who are participating in or visiting China to watch the Games—and the rest of us who are looking on from the sidelines, miles away. One is this promise of safety from unexpected or unnoticed attack: “Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.”

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