“Now I’m no Christian, so I may not have this correct, but I always thought that the Bible said “Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesars.””
yes that is true.
“That means submitting to the lawful Chinese authorities when in China.”
The Bible also says that if a government is not following God’s law they are to be condemned. It is not Biblical to turn away from God because the govt hates Christianity.
I’ve attended a lecture/seminar on this topic.
We are to submit to authority, even earthly authority,
except in the cases where that authority
forbids what God commands, or
commands what God forbids.
God commands that we spread the Word.
So Emperor Tiberius, who Jesus was referring to, was following God's law? Now which god was that?
Was it Jupiter Optimus Maximus or Mars?
I think you are very incorrect in that. The Bible speaks to individuals not governments. While there is such a thing as an unrighteous government, pretty much every government right now, the Bible clearly tells us to submit to authority of the government, as it is God ultimately in control of who is in government.
It is not Biblical to turn away from God because the govt hates Christianity.
That is true, but here again your heading is a bit scary. If you understand the submission issue correctly, there is no call to "go off" on the authority's as a faith based life can be lived alongside any government.
Under Chinese law, it is illegal to bring printed religious material...
That is where this guy is going wrong, he is not subjecting himself to authority. And he is openly breaking the law. This is not setting a good example to the people around him about Christianity is it. I suspect he will now learn the difference between the unrighteous USA with its liberal ideas and abortion on demand and the unrighteous China with its communist ideas, and its demanded abortions.
He is used to getting away with pushing government figures around from living in such a benevolent environment like the USA and is setting himself up for a real education about the evils of man. He is breaking the law, and will pay for that transgression. If it was not for the olympics, he would not have gotten near as far with this as he has. He would simply be sitting in a cold dark cell somewhere.