People of faith in Hong Kong have another reason to be concerned over mainland China - yet they continue to sing praises to the Lord.
Demonstrations have been going on in Hong Kong for almost two weeks – not about communism, but about a proposed bill that would allow China to extradite people from Hong Kong to the mainland. World Magazine reported on Monday that Christians are a "highly visible presence" in the ongoing protests.
Brynne Lawrence of ChinaAid explains the concerns. "If this bill were to be implemented, it would give China easier access to people who don't agree with the Chinese Communist Party – and the Chinese government has a history of unfairly persecuting, imprisoning, and torturing such individuals," she tells OneNewsNow.
That includes people of the faith, some of whom disappear – never to be seen again.
Lawrence notes that Christians who have been instrumental in the demonstrations "look at this possible encroachment on their rights as an endangerment to themselves. They might be able to be targeted in a similar way to the Christians in mainland China."
The latest demonstrations have attracted nearly two-million people. The protestors say they will continue until the bill is withdrawn, arrested protesters are freed, the demonstrations are no longer described by China as "riots," and Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam resigns.
The Christian Post reports that videos posted on social media show thousands of protestors singing "Sing Hallelujah to the Lord," a Christian song that has become the unofficial anthem of the protests.