Daily Devotional for Wednesday October 11, 2006
The Answer for North Korea
(John 3:16, 11:25, 12:46, 20:31)
I have the utmost respect for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and all of those who serve our nation in the State Department. However, as they spend hours planning how to respond to the most recent events in North Korea, as they plan their diplomatic strategies to deal with the growing problem North Korea is to the Pacific Rim and the rest of the world, there is an answer to the North Korean problem that won't involve diplomacy or needing other countries to intervene or military action. The answer to North Korea is JESUS.
Now hold on and hear me out. North Korea is a very unique situation. Except China, the rest of the countries around the world that we have concern over are all dominated by the false religion of Islam. They are a huge obstacle since the majority of the people have all been brainwashed since birth to follow that false religion of hate and death. North Korea, however, is technically an atheistic country. Kim Il Sung, the man recruited in 1945 by Soviet leader Joseph Stalin to found the Communist North Korean state, stamped out Christianity and the traditional Buddhism and Shamanism. He installed in their place an ideology resembling a state religion, which rejects any outside influence and promotes hatred and distrust of outsiders.
That ideology, which preaches self-reliance, is known as Juche, of which Kim Il Sung is the central figure. The North Korean calendar actually begins with the year of his birth in 1912 and one of the tallest structures in Pyongyang is the Juche Tower, built in Juche 70, or 1982. Kim Jung-Il who took over as North Korea's dictator after his father's death, has only allowed one Catholic and a few protestant churches to exist, however, they are controlled 100% by the government. These are nothing like what we know of as a church and what is preached is not the Gospel of Jesus Christ but the gospel of Kim Jong-Il.
There are many of God's bravest and boldest servants who literally give their lives to take Christ to the people of North Korea. However, such covert operations can only do so much and can only make a certain impact. They mostly help support the few thousand Christians who live in North Korea under that repressive government while still maintaining their faith in Christ. The North Korean people are brainwashed from birth that the government is the god of their life and who they are to pledge their very lives to. What you have is 23 million empty souls who have been lied to that the government is their only hope, 23 million empty souls who for the most part have never heard about Jesus and His love for them.
North Korea is RIPE for a spiritual revolution! The United States government through the State Department, the CIA, is involved in the political affairs of nations all over the world. Some of that involvement is purely diplomatic, while in other cases it is more overt. What I am proposing is that we take bold and aggressive action in using the resources of the United States to bring Christ to the people of North Korea. The only television the people have is the government run TV station. We override their satellite and broadcast the Gospel until hey shut down the government TV station. We do the same thing with the government radio station.
We use the military to drop Gospel tracts all over the country. We use the military to drop hundreds of thousands of tiny transistor radios all over North Korea that are set to a Christian message. We use the military to drop hundreds of thousands of Bibles throughout North Korea. We flood North Korea with the truth about their government, how they are barely staying alive in the year 2006 when most of the world enjoys tremendous freedom and prosperity. We not only bring the people of North Korea the truth of what their government has done to them, but we bring them the hope of Christ.
What can Kim do? He doesn't have the ability to stop us. He certainly doesn't have the ability to retaliate. Who is he going to cry to, the United Nations? The ACLU? Barry Lynn, satan's tool who is the head of Americans United for Separation of Church and State? Kim's only real response can be to put his military on high alert and clamp down even harder on his people which will reinforce what they will be learning about their government. The answer for North Korea doesn't lie in our diplomatic corps, or in military action, it lies in the pages of God's Word!!!
I love you and care about you so much. My friend, there is a power greater than any nuclear device and that is the power of the Gospel. It is the power of the Gospel that will not only save those North Koreans who accept Christ as their Savior, but it is the power of the Gospel that can set those people free from the repressive government in Pyongyang. You have 23 million people who have never heard that Jesus loves them. You have 23 million people who have never heard that He died for their sins. You have 23 million people who have never been told how they can have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Last summer and fall, I worked for many months on a plan to go preach in North Korea. This all came about from someone in the Liveprayer family who until the first of the year had a prominent position on the staff of New Mexico's Governor Bill Richardson. After many conversations with this person on the Governor's staff, as well as several people I was directed to talk to in the State Department, I came to realize that I would accomplish NOTHING by going to North Korea and end up simply being used by Kim for his propaganda purposes.
I'm still willing to go any time since it breaks my heart knowing so many people are not only living in such horrible conditions, but most of all that they have little or no access to the Truth of God's Word. They are living without even knowing how much Jesus loves them. I believe that one day soon we will find a way to get the message of Christ's love to the North Korean people. Jesus is the only answer and only hope for the people of North Korea, just like Jesus is the only answer and only hope for the people of this world, just like Jesus is the only answer and only hope for you and me!
Today I want to ask you to do two things. First, pray for the people of North Korea. There are 23 million souls there who need to hear the Gospel. Second, take a moment and forward this Devotional to President Bush. I believe that if the White House gets a few hundred thousand of these Daily Devotionals, someone might actually sit down and look at what I have shared with you today and possibly take this seriously. I can assure you of one thing, it has more of a chance of being effective than whatever the State Department will be doing in the coming weeks and months as they try and deal with North Korea. The president's email address is: email@example.com.