The beauty salon near Beijing Zoo gives its customers more than they bargain for: not just facials and manicures, but the Word of the Lord.
Its owner, Xun Jinzhen, sees beauty salons as a good place to transform souls as well as bodies.
"I introduced 40 people to the church last year," he said.
Mr Xun, and millions of other Chinese Christian converts like him, may well be living proof that God moves in a mysterious way.
During the Cultural Revolution, Chairman Mao’s China turned on itself, torturing and killing hundreds of thousands of people. But the seeds were sown for an unexpected upsurge in Christianity.
In a social revolution that has prompted a heavy-handed response from the Politburo, it is spreading through town and countryside and Chinese communities abroad.
Protestantism and Catholicism are among the approved faiths, the others being Budd-hism, Taoism and Islam.
Buddhism and Taoism claim most worshippers but the state-sanctioned churches count up to 35 million followers. More significant are the underground or "house" churches, which are said to have 80 or even 100 million members.
Visits to villages in backward rural provinces or to urban churches in Beijing, where even on weekdays the young and middle-aged gather to proclaim their faith, confirm the ease with which conversions can be won.
"City people have real problems, and mental pain, that they can’t resolve on their own," said Mr Xun. "So it’s easy for us to convert these people to Christianity. In the countryside, people are richer than before, but they still have problems with their health and in family relationships. Then it’s also very easy to bring them to Christianity." [Source]
Cool an interior beauty salon though they must be careful not to lapse into hairsy. They can teach hair dyeing to self and can dual use the hair washing basin for baptisms. Talking about Jesus being nailed on the cross while having your nails done might not quite fit though. But it also make sense that a beauty salon could be used to bring in converts. After all didn’t Jesus say something like "Put out into the deep and let down your hair nets for a catch."
Well, there’s a mistake in the article. CAtholicism truly is not on the appproved list.
They were probably referring to the Patriotic Catholic Church, the state run version of Catholicism lite. Which unfortunately teaches apart from the Pope like too many Catholic churches here.
To stay in step with your delightfully horrendous puns…
And did not God provide the true MANNA-CURE to POLISH our souls? While the devil still WAXES on today in tempting us to be as gods, we are truly fortified in the Lord through the EXTENSIONS of the Holy Spirit. Do not MOUSSE the opportunities God gives you through “grace-ials” provided through the Sacraments.
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