Those of us who live in the United States tend to think of China and Iran as rather evil places. One is Communist the other Islamist. One officially denies God; the other officially denies the true God. Both imprison Christians. No doubt, there is much evil in both nations. However, there are some things each nation does that the USA should copy.
First, China recently shut down access to “91 ‘vulgar’” web sites (see article here). Yes, some of the “vulgar” sites included dissident sites that called for democracy in China. The overwhelming number of sites, though, were either pornography or scam related. In our nation the right to “free speech” is a sacred cow. Anytime someone objects to that which is vulgar, sexually explicit, filthy, or otherwise anti-God, the hammer of “free speech” is wielded. Pornography is actually a protected form of “speech” (?) in a so-called “Christian nation.” It would do our nation great good to learn from China that pornography is vulgar and not fit for the masses, or anyone else (Gal. 5:19-21).
Second, in late December two men were stoned to death for adultery in a northeastern city in Iran. A third man escaped (see article here). Most states had very strict adultery laws that were enforced. However, over the past 100 years or so, the laws have either been rewritten, removed, or ignored. In the Old Testament adultery was to be punished by stoning, along with other forms of sexual immorality (Lev. 20:10-21). The New Testament does not call on the Israel of God, the Church, to stone adulterers to death. Rather, Christians are to call on such sinners to repent. The same is true with murderers. Christians exhort them to repent. This does not preclude the civil government from punishing evil doers. In fact, Romans 13:1-7 states that it is the duty of the civil authorities to suppress evil, including using the death penalty to do so. Do you think the rate of adultery and divorce would drop if states had the death penalty for adultery?
Do I want to live in China or Iran? No way! I love my country, but wish it was more righteous. I fear in the lifetime of my children, if not sooner, this nation will utterly fail due to its unrighteousness. “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” (Prov. 14:34). Our responsibility is to do what we can while we can. Let us be salt and light (Matt. 5:13-16).