I saw Taiwan and China in the news again and had to say something.
Most people reading this are already asking the question, why this blogpost? Why have a conversation about these two countries? It is because these two countries have a history that may very well bring us (America) to the brink of war.
My interest in the country of Taiwan goes back to 1969. I lived in Taiwan while my father was stationed there with the United State Air Force. He was stationed at what was then called Shu Lin Kou Air Station, a small U.S. Air Force base located high in the mountains on the northern end and western side of the island of Taiwan, about twenty miles west-southwest of Taipei. My family lived in a small community just outside of Taipei called Beitou; it was an amazing place to spend your childhood.
While in the country, we had a great time playing with the Taiwanese boys that lived across the street, sightseeing with my parents all over the beautiful island, going camping with the Boy Scouts, and attempting to learn the language (which I failed at miserably). We also spent a lot time visiting with a number of the missionaries from the United States and attending the churches with both Americans and locals.
Sadly, in the 1970s, after 30 years of consistent military, financial, and diplomatic relations, The United States abandoned Taiwan in an attempt to make friends with China.
Now, I will most likely offend the leaders of China, some politicians, and maybe a few celebrities by saying this, but I believe that Taiwan deserves to be its own country. It deserves to have diplomatic relationships with the United States and every other country with a seat at the United Nations. Please understand that I believe that presidents of BOTH parties failed the Chinese people in both China and Taiwan.
Why do I call it a tale of two countries? During World War II, men like Mao Tse-tung were ravaging China and taking control of the country in an attempt to bring Marxism to the country that would be responsible for 48 to 79 million deaths, depending on who you ask. At the same time Chiang Kai-shek was establishing a democracy that allowed for free elections, free speech, and freedom of religion. When America pulled out of Taiwan, American priorities at the time were clear: it was about the money.
Lets be clear, China has every intention of reclaiming Taiwan, just like they did Hong Kong. However, the reality is Taiwan is not Hong Kong. They have weapons and they know how to use them. They will draw others into the fight including Japan, the Philippines, Korea and ultimately us.
I know many of you are still asking why I care. It is simple, Taiwan (like South Korea and some other countries) are the Christian influence of the region. They are the light of hope for a region steep in communist atheism, Buddhism, and other eastern religions for the last 70 years.
It is time for the American church to stand in prayer, not just for America and Europe, but for countries like Taiwan. We need to pray that God will protect them so that His light will shine throughout the region and the world. Also, we need to quit listening to the celebrities telling us about how important China is to America and start realizing how important America is to Taiwan and the other nations in the region that need our prayers before we see World War III.
Just some food for thought …
Rev. Don Allen, Jr.