The Gospel Herald: Global Chinese Christian News Service??-On the 23rd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, one of the student leaders at the time, Chai Ling, proclaimed her forgiveness toward those responsible for the tragedy.
“Two decades ago, the Chinese government’s crackdown in Tiananmen Square left hundreds of my fellow students dead,” she explains.??”Since then a new generation has grown up in China, and many of them are kept in the dark about what happened on this day in China’s history.”
Describing her forgiveness, she says, “I forgive Deng Xiaoping and Li Peng. I forgive the soldiers who stormed Tiananmen Square in 1989. I forgive the current leadership of China….”
“I pray that a culture of grace will arise in China, giving all people dignity and humanity…” Chai Ling said. “I pray that those who have suffered under oppression will not seek vengeance – like King David’s soldiers did when they killed Absalom – but have the courage to forgive. Forgiveness does not justify wrong, but rather yields the power of judgment to God.”