China's Christian business people
|Wu Jianhua, a 44-year-old private hospital executive in Beijing, finds salvation in Christianity. [file photo]|
Wu Jianhua, a 44-year-old private hospital executive in Beijing, chose the number seven for the last four digits of his car license plate number, cell phone number and home phone number, as a way to show his loyalty to God, because Sunday, the seventh day of a week, is church day, the Economic Weekly reported.
He also attends a church event held every Thursday without fail, where he can meet and share experience with hundreds of people from a similar background -- Christian business owners, company executives and professionals like lawyers and consultants.
According to Tony Lambert's book "China's Christian Millions," the Christian population in China is between 30 million and 50 million. The reason most of the Chinese business people converted to the religion was because they came across difficulties they couldn't get over by themselves.
Wu once thought his life goal was to earn as much money as he could and buy houses, cars and as large an estate as possible. However, when his business suffered a downturn, he was cheated by his partners, his wife divorced him and he caught a chronic disease, he suddenly realized that money wasn't everything. He then found salvation in Christianity.
Christians believe that no matter what job you hold, you can honor God in all that you do. This helps take the load off business peoples' minds, as they tend to lose the motivation to work after making so much money. This also makes their lives happier, because they can feel their life becomes more significant by following Christian principles -- to work hard, live a simple life and serve the community.
As for family and marriage, the two common troubles for the new rich, Christian beliefs in traditional family values have proved to be a good solution. Many churches offer marriage counseling services and encourage believers to bring their partners with them. In the eyes of many Christian business people, their religious beliefs saved their marriage and family.
Besides, many Chinese merchants believe that Christianity could help them achieve success in business.
The Cypress Leadership Institute uses the "Bible" in its training courses. All students are required to promise God that they won't bribe, evade tax, fiddle accounts or keep mistresses after taking the classes.