So I was watching a TV show about the upcoming Olympics and was reminded of some discussions I had a few months ago about how I should respond to the games in communist China. At that point I was thinking about the possibility of not watching the games at all but now I’m not sure if that is the best idea. So what concerns me? Well other than China’s poor human rights record in general as a Christian I wonder about supporting a country that is considered to have the highest number of Christians in prison as a result of their faith. The Voice of the Martyrs is a great organisation that has information about the persecuted church, including the church in China. You can check them out here. For example at 40 years of age, Aiqing Zhu was arrested for “illegal evangelistic activities” on June 9, 1996. She was sentenced to a twenty-year prison term. Maybe China should never have gotten the games in the beginning but now I don’t think not watching the games will have any impact. Maybe some other options would be writing to some of those persecuted Christians, supporting the work of groups in China or just talking about what is really going on. What do you think? How should we respond to this years Olympics? What do you think?