Chinese Star Writes Faith-Based Song
Despite China’s draconian views toward Christianity, one Chinese popstar has released a song detailing her relationship with the Lord.
From The Washington Stand. Deng Ziqi, better known to her millions of fans by her stage name G.E.M., is soon to release a new album titled “Revelation.” Yet, her new single has not only her fans, but Chinese Christians, feeling excited….
G.E.M.’s new single “Gloria” and the accompanying music video was released last week, and it is breaking norms in the Chinese music industry with its distinctly Christian themes.
In a video posted to social media in which she explains the meaning of the song, G.E.M. recounts a time she was praying in the shower as she wept. It was then that she sensed that God was calling out to her, and she finally felt that the turbulent storm raging inside of her was calmed in an instant and she truly felt loved and at peace….
The lyrics describe hearing a voice gently say “… There’s no fear in love … My love has stayed and will never depart … I am love, and love is patient….”
It is unusual that a Chinese music artist would reveal their faith through their music. G.E.M.’s decision to do so is turning heads among Chinese Christians and earning admiration from many.
The Chinese government censors music and other entertainment that could be considered a threat to China’s stability. Artists release music knowing that it will come under government scrutiny. G.E.M. herself has even been added to a government list of “strictly controlled” persons over a public statement she made about praying for Hong Kong during pro-democracy protests in 2014.
G.E.M. is using her platform — even in a tightly repressed society — to share her story through art and honor the God who saved her. She says that it is her mission in life to be “salt and light.” In Communist China, that takes an extra dose of courage.
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(Excerpt from The Washington Stand. Photo Credit: Yan Ke on Unsplash)
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