Source: Christianity Today, Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra, August 2015
Several churches held a prayer service outside a government office, holding up crosses and banners that read, "Can't remove the cross in our hearts," reports the Union of Catholic
The city of Wenzhou, along with many in Zhejiang, its surrounding district, has a large Christian population. It is known as "China's Jerusalem." It is located on the East China Sea about 300 miles south of Shanghai.
Over the last year and a half the government has torn down hundreds of giant red crosses from church buildings. Now Chinese Protestants and Catholics are joining together to put red crosses—albeit much smaller ones—back in the public eye. In an online campaign, church leaders in Zhejiang have called on Christians to craft hundreds of small wooden crosses, paint them red, and display them at home or on their cars.
“We will put up more crosses”
“Each time they take a cross down, we will put more up,” one church leader, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told The Guardian. “We are even considering making flags and clothes with cross patterns. We will make the cross flourish throughout China.”