Reading about the plight of our Christian brothers and sisters in North Korea, my heart is stirred and being awakened. They need our help, desperately. And apparently, the majority of South Korean Christians are deceived by the false prosperity gospel and not doing anything to help their suffering Christian neighbors North of their border. Only a few do anything to help.
(1) What about the American/Western Christians?
A few missions-oriented international Christian organizations lead prayers for North Korea, smuggle bibles and even release balloons imprinted with the Gospel into North Korea. Others evacuate refugees, publish reports, hold events, write columns or take more political approaches.
But the vast majority of Christians in the West either don’t know or don’t care about the world’s most persecuted Christians. Steeped in the health and prosperity false doctrine, they ask what more God can do for them instead of how they can serve the Lord who already gave His life for them. Very little of the billions of dollars collected for Jesus in the richest nations ever reach the part of His body in greatest need; few Western Christians heed Jesus’ command to visit, feed and clothe the “least” of Him:
“Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’ “Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” (Matthew 25:41-46)
It’s true; how much of our tithes are going to lights and smoke and comforting, but not necessary commodities while our brethren, the least of them, are suffering incredibly?
I believe we will be held accountable and should really fear seeing Christ’s face. I pray many American Christians repent and live more humble and give more wisely.
What does Jesus care most about in regards to how we spend the resources He’s given us? I think it’s safe to say He desires we provide food and clothing, necessities of survival, to our poor brothers and sisters. Those of us who instead choose to use our riches on self-indulgence will have to plead our case before Christ when we stand before Him in judgement. I don’t want to be that person. I’m declaring openly my intentions so that I’m held accountable and in hopes that some of my brothers and sisters will be encouraged to do the same.
Imagine if you were born in North Korea under the spiked boot of an anti-christ dictator who executes and imprisons Christians. Would you hope and pray your wealthier brethren would throw you a bone? With how much more anti-Christian our country is becoming, we might very well be in their shoes someday. I pray we are shown mercy by other well-to-do believers who don’t live for pleasure but live sacrificially. What will happen to us if we treat ourselves the way we treat our poor brethren?
(2) Though the cry was deafening… the world seems quiet and oblivious. For many years North Korea has become the saddest and most closed nation in the world. More than a decade ago its people suffered from famine that took millions of lives from its population. In this age of technology and fast moving economies this country remains secluded and untouched by the outside world.
Its people are trapped within the oppressive power of a communist government. They are harassed… forced to follow orders that rob them of their rights to speak and even think. They have no freedom. They don’t know freedom. All their lives they are only allowed to see and hear what the government wants them to see and hear. These people are brainwashed. They are deceived and oppressed. The cry of North Koreans gets louder each day.
Some tried to flee the regime. Some of them succeeded, but many failed and have faced torture and even execution for the crime of leaving their country. No one in North Korea is allowed to worship any god except the eternal President Kim Il Sung who is already dead. Many Christians faced harsh punishment when caught reading or possessing a bible. Children are taught to spy on their parents and to tell their teachers if they are being taught about God.
Because of economic failures and mismanagement of public funds, people inside North Korea are slowly dying of starvation. Many people collapse on the street and die, children are found eating earthworms, grass, bark of trees to survive. During the harsh and long winter season many children are cold and will warm themselves in the trash. Their bodies are found covered with maggots the next day.
This ministry has wonderful opportunities to help our poor brethren around the world. I pray you take a moment and skim through the various ministry opportunities. If North Koreans are on your heart, just type in Samaritan Purse’s site’s search engine “North Korea” and an option will come up to have your donation go to sending relief to Koreans in Jesus’ name.