Christian rock band Rainbow taking Chinese millennials by storm

A Christian rock band called Rainbow is taking the millennials in China by storm and is using its music and popularity to share the gospel to people across the country.

(REUTERS / Jason Lee)Catholics attend a Christmas eve mass at a Catholic church near the city of Taiyuan, Shanxi province, December 24, 2012.

In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network News, Rainbow lead singer Uncle Bing recalled how only a few people knew about the band when it was formed in 2012. However, they were propelled to stardom with the help of a national talent show, and now the band is traveling from one city to another and is bound in unity by their faith in Jesus amid the trials and loneliness they encounter along the road.

"Money used to keep me busy, and I barely had time for anything else," Uncle Bing told CBN News in an interview. "Exhaustion and traveling were part of my life. Until I found Jesus, everything changed for all of us. This is what glued us together."

The Rainbow members' faith in Jesus inspired them to shift to contemporary Christian rock, which they are now using to spread the Gospel to their young fans in China. Anchoring on the popularity of secular rock music, the Christian band believes that their own genre can help bring many people to Christ.

"How would you tell the story of David and Goliath in music? As a Christian band, we need to use some type of creative ways to show what we are singing for, what we are living for," Uncle Bing shared. "The word love is being distorted today by secular music. Christian music can change this."

As Christianity continues to grow in China, the government is cracking down on missionaries in the country. According to a report by Asia News, state officials have arrested four South Korean Christian missionaries and deported 32 others for evangelizing.

The expelled missionaries were reportedly helping North Korean defectors in the northeast Yanji region in China. Some of them had been working the country for decades now. While South Korean missionaries' evangelizing activities have been tolerated by local authorities because of the free humanitarian service they provide, China has tightened its rules on religious activity in the last few years under President Xi Jinping's administration.