Today the World Evangelical Alliance issued this statement of disappointment with China.
October 17, 2010
The WEA is very disappointed over the absence of the Christian Delegation from China at the Third Lausanne Congress
As 4,500 participants from around the world gather together for the Third Lausanne Congress in Cape Town, the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) is very disappointed that the Christian delegation from China is not with us. The input from one of the most significant nations will be missed. The presence and contribution of Chinese delegates would have enriched all the Congress participants and contributed to a more complete understanding of our common humanity and the diversity of ethnicity and cultural expression that enriches us all.
The WEA recognizes that every country is different and needs to work out how best to organize itself, while also recognizing our inter-dependence on a small planet: including agreeing about some common values. Christian people who live out their witness to Christ have an especially significant and positive influence on all our nations.
We welcome the growing freedoms that Christians in China have enjoyed in recent years. We are deeply encouraged by the continuing growth of the Church in China: the global Christian community has much to learn from the vibrant testimony of the Church in China to the life and work of Jesus Christ.
Christian people everywhere make good citizens by contributing entrepreneurial energy to the social, economic and moral life of the nation. Christians in Mainland China make an important contribution to the welfare of China.
We are praying that, despite the disappointment of missing the Congress, all Christians in China will continue to make a very significant contribution to the welfare of their nation and the world, and continue to work for reconciliation and to manifest the unity of the Body of Christ in all its rich diversity.