After fading into the background of international attention, North Korea has snatched it back. Because of a sudden missile launch the entire world now shifts its focus to the embattled country and the daunting prospect of international terror. If you haven’t heard by now, North Korean military fired deadly artillery attacks on South Korea Tuesday, killing two marines and wounding 15 soldiers and civilians. Reports speculate that North Korean forces were provoked by routine South Korean maritime drills in waters some six miles away from the North Korean shore.
Though international pundits and politicians are quick to label this event a crisis for political reasons, Christians do so for completely different reasons: there are lost souls in North Korea. Yes, there are lost souls in all countries of all ethnicities, but North Korea’s current status as an antagonized country should raise a red flag. Nevermind the effects this has on potential mission trips to North Korea (it is virtually impossible to enter the country if you’re not from Russia, Japan, or China, much less if you’re a Christian), but consider the fact that the more North Korea is demonized on the world stage, the more internal restrictions will be implemented to purge all outside influence. This means that those brave Christian missionaries in North Korea will be at greater risk, and borders will be much more strict; all Christian influence will be suffocated.
After reading Michael Oh’s compelling article about the story of an 18-year old girl from North Korea, I am reminded that we need to pray for North Korea. Though world leaders are quick to condemn, Christians need to be quick to pray. We need to pray for the lost souls there who don’t have the opportunity to hear the gospel, we need to pray for missionaries who are in North Korea or who have a heart for the country. We need to pray for the North Korean leadership, worldwide politicians, and everyone around them. Christian, it’s time to get up and pray!
In the words of Michael Oh:
“May God grant us the grace to serve with undeniable, unshakable, illogical, and foolish passion for Jesus Christ and His Kingdom glory among the lost.”