Monday, September 9, 2013

South Korea and Reunification...What Does God Want?

1 John 4: 9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

(This is not a part of the book: Bible Passages That Can Influence Your Life.)

We recently were blessed with the opportunity to visit South Korea. In fact, we just got back on Friday night. That's why I'm up at 3:00 a.m. typing this blog post instead of sleeping. It looks like I'm not back on U.S. time, yet.

While we were in South Korea, my husband and I met many wonderful and very helpful people. We had the opportunity to talk with someone who filled us in on some of the political concerns of South Korea. I was told that there are some young adults in South Korea who are strongly pushing for the reunification with North Korea. Not to mention the financial burden on South Koreans, there is the ethical and moral decisions that they have to debate.

I was told, hopefully I explain it accurately, that their concern is with the well-being of the North Koreans, their brothers, because they are all Korean. Some feel that if they are reunified, then their North Korean brothers would have the same freedoms that they have. They look to the reunification of families when the Berlin Wall was taken down and feel that to not reunify, leaves the North Koreans living in extreme poverty, while the economy in South Korea flourishes.

As an American, I am concerned about the Communist Party of North Korea. It would be nice if all of Korea could reunify and all live together and have democracy and freedom. I get concerned about recent TV reports in the states, of those in South Korea who have subtle connections to North Korea, plotting to overthrow the the South Korean government. What if, instead of all living with freedom, they all lived together in a reunified country with little rights and extreme poverty like the North Koreans? Are the Koreans being too idealistic to think that reunification would provide freedom for everyone? 

What does God want in this situation? I wish I knew, but thought that it might be good to open up Christian dialogue on this topic, so we can all be prayerful for what's best for all Koreans-North and South. Since this is a Christian Blog, I would like to only have comments with a Biblical focus and no hateful comments. Debbie Seiling

Since I have used this passage as it relates to this topic, it doesn't necessarily reflect the whole meaning of the passage. Debbie

This is a connection I've made from this Bible passage. Please share your connections. 

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