“Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Will he not repay each person according to what he has done?” Proverbs 24:11-12 NIV
Lately, I’ve been reading about the unbelievable hardships and dangers Christians in North Korea face every day. (I confess to a reluctance to delve into this subject because I knew it was going to be upsetting.) So two booklets have been devoured “These are the Generations”, “Restricted Nations: North Korea” and a Voice of the Martyrs monthly newsletter on “North Korea’s Holocaust”. You’re darn right, I am upset! I am angry enough to do something.
For more than a half century, the eradication of Christianity has been the goal of North Korea’s three generations of tyrants. The horror stories continue to pile up. Public executions for those found with a Bible in their possession. Prisons or torture chambers that few survive if caught praying. Anyone sentenced for Christian activities is considered a dangerous political subversive. Everything is out of sight from the world. It is a nation ruled by demons.
Despite all the terrible stuff scarcely reported in the media, the number of believers is on the rise. The underground church networks are growing faster than the government can weed them out. Conversion to Christ is like signing a death warrant. Sharing the gospel includes witnessing to fellow prisoners in a death camp. The worst place on earth for a Christian is the most fertile of mission fields. Until I read it, those facts were out of sight as well.
When I think of what our Korean brothers and sisters must risk and endure to share their faith, I feel small. It strengthens my resolve to step up. I ask myself, “Will I remain true to Christ when my time comes to suffer?” Paul warns it’s coming, “There will be terrible times in the last days… “ (2 Timothy 3:1 NIV)
North Korean and other persecuted Christians may be hidden, yet what they see will soon be within our view. We would be smart to fervently pray and do all we can to help. It would be wise to learn all we can from their out of sight witness.