North Korean Christians do not actually view their country as the worst place in the world to be a Christian, a ministry argues, and instead embrace their suffering as a means to show they are ambassadors of Christ.
“Our reckoning that North Korea is the worst place to be a Christian says more about our own understanding of Christianity than it does about North Korea,” the Rev. Eric Foley, CEO of Seoul USA, said Tuesday.
The ministry, founded as a nonprofit in the U.S. and a non-governmental organization in South Korea, mobilizes people to reach out to underground churches in North Korea.
Although persecution watchdog groups often identify the severe suffering North Korean believers endure, Foley argued that they feel that their existence is for a “divine purpose.” He offered a top 10 list of how North Korean Christians feel about their situation.
“If you are a Christian in a country where no Christians are suffering for Jesus you probably ought to be more concerned than if you are a Christian in a country where nearly every Christian is suffering for Jesus,” he says, listing one reason.
“Christians are ambassadors. If one truly understands one’s identity as an ambassador, one glories in that identity rather than grumbling about the country where one got posted,” he adds.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post