CHINA - The House Standing in the Road for 14 Years

Arno Froese

A three-story house that had been standing alone in the middle of an arterial road in Shanghai’s suburban Songjiang district was torn down after a 14-year dispute.

The owners of the house—known as a nailhouse, which describes a building whose owners hold out against developers—didn’t reach an agreement for compensation with the relocation authority. So the four lanes, two in each direction, had to be reduced to two lanes to go around the structure.

Zhang Xinguo, the son-in-law of 89-year-old Xu Jun, who owned the house, said the family paid a big price in their everyday lives for standing their ground.

“It’s noisy around the clock and particularly late at night when trucks come and go. My mother-in-law died of a heart attack three years ago,” said Xu, who lived in the house with his wife, father-in-law, son’s family of three and a married daughter.

Despite the noise, dust and safety risks, there was also tremendous psychological pressure, Xu said, adding that the family moved to a rented apartment nearby before going to relocation homes offered by the government.

-chinadaily.com.cn, 19 September 2017

Arno's commentary

This article reveals something that is mostly unknown or deliberately hidden. In general, the media and educational institutions, and unfortunately also Christians, often condemn communist China’s human right abuses with the statement: “The government owns all; people are just slaves.” Here, in this case, it shows a totally different picture.

For us as believers, we follow Holy Scripture. First Peter 2:13-14 reads: “Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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