CHINA VS REST OF THE WORLD (insightful.co.in) is a thoughtful, well-researched article by sandomina. I thought the list included in this excerpt incomplete.
THE FOUNDATION OF AN EMPIRE
Historically it has been seen that any country which has flourished, has had two essential components:
- Outward-Looking and Inclusive Attitude
- Innovation and Education
If for any reason, any of the above components went missing from the future designs of the empire, that empire not only collapsed but plunged into darkness.
So, I left a comment here, and replied here. As ‘s reply indicates, I had not convinced . At best I had not explained myself well. Had not gotten my thoughts together. So, I persevered and tried again. However, since I think this point important, I wrote my own post and linked to ‘s article.
Here, I hope I have explained myself more clearly.
The problem with our approach to China is that many assumed that if China adopted our economic system China would become more like us. Instead, we have become more like China. Why did that happen?
Well, I think it helps if we try to understand why we elected President Donald Trump. I believe Trump’s election has been a response to the United States becoming more like China. What many of the American people have observed is that our government leaders and the leaders of our great corporations are pursuing their own immediate profit. Instead of upholding the traditional values of the United States (which they no longer seem to understand), they are upholding so-called secular, but actually Paganistic values: the worship of sex, stuff, science, state, and especially self.
Trump doesn’t come across as an authentic Christian. Still, he has resolutely defended the foundational American values the founders derived from their Christian beliefs. He has respected our Constitution and he has defended the God-given rights of Americans to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as unalienable. In particular, unlike his predecessors, Trump has not demonstrated the capacity to sell us out for personal profit.
Here is a succinct way of stating the problem.
If we don’t stand for something, we will fall for anything. (from here => https://quoteinvestigator.com/2014/02/18/stand-fall/)
Look at the firestorm Trump has had to withstand, accusation after accusation, charge after charge, unending streams of slander and libel.
We all find it difficult to stand for something. Because the price we pay for standing for what we believe the Truth is in here and now, we each find it easier to be a people pleaser, to be like the people around us. When a nation becomes peopled by self-centered people pleasers, it loses integrity. Except for a tyrannical ruling class lead by a merciless leader, no one can hold it together.
This is why the attributes you listed (Outward-Looking and Inclusive Attitude, and Innovation and Education) may describe the characteristics of a tyrannical empire, but they are insufficient to describe a nation ruled by its citizens. If a nation is to ruled by its citizens, then those citizens must uphold values more sacred to each of them than their lives. Those citizens must love their family, friends, and neighbors as much as they each love themselves. Those citizens must worship God, Someone who holds each of them accountable to the Truth, instead of sex, stuff, science, state, and especially self.
This is why I subtly disagreed with conclusion, that we must contain China until China implodes, collapsing in upon itself. Instead of just trying to oppose China, we must stand for the Truth. We must give the Chinese people an alternative, the Truth. We must show them that their government does not offer them salvation through the worship of sex, stuff, science, state, and especially self. Instead, their government offers them a trap, a mirage that will leave them dry and thirsting. Only God is worthy of worship. Only God offers us life.
is right. What we believe makes a difference, and he demonstrates that. However, what I think misses is that is not enough to oppose our enemies. To achieve victory we must stand for the Truth.
Ephesians 6:10-18 Good News Translation (GNT)
We must remember the nature of our true enemy. We cannot win on our own strength. We have never won on our own strength. We only achieve victory to the extent we equip ourselves with the armor our Lord has given us.