I have been in Korea for 26 years. In the course of that time, I have seen quite a lot of saber-rattling between the North and the South. One of these days, the situation between the two countries will ultimately be resolved. It may be resolved by war. It may be resolved by economic collapse. And I suppose there could be other ways in which the situation could be resolved more peacefully as well.
Someone asked me what I will do if the two nations go to war. I plan to send my family back to the states. However, after having discussed it with my wife, Suk, she intends to disobey me and stay by her husband’s side, LOL!
But I plan to stay here with the men and women of the United States military. They are my mission. I certainly would not want to leave them when they need a pastor the most!
Of course, the government may not afford me that option. They could very well say that I must leave the country. If that happens, then I will take it as a message from God that it is time to go Until then, I am the pastor of a church here. I have a group of people who come to be fed every week. I have a responsibility to them.
BUT HERE IS THE POINT TO ALL OF THIS: I am not trying to be dramatic. And I am not trying to look like some kind of hero. I just believe that if you know what God's will is, you need to do it no matter what the situation is So even if my situation is looking a bit dark, I want to be found faithful.
Here is something else to think about. Since the two nations have been divided, only God knows how many North Koreans have died and gone to Hell because they have no Gospel. That means they have not Jesus Christ. Bottom line: as ugly as war may be, it may be the open door to reach so many hopeless people in the North with the truth of Jesus Christ .
No one wants to see a war and certainly no one wants to die in war. But our military men and women courageously signed their names on the dotted line saying they are willing to give their lives for the cause of their country. North Koreans, who have never heard the gospel, never got the choice. They never got to decide whether they wanted freedom or not. So as sad as it may sound, whether through economic collapse or war, or whatever, I would just love to see this situation get resolved.
Eternal death for so many who have never had the opportunity to hear the gospel is even sadder than physical death. Jesus said, “fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matt 10:28)
The most important thing that we can do as believers is to stay in the center of his will so that whatever may come, we will be found faithful.
Meet The Pastor!
Pastor Jim Taylor was saved while serving in the US Air Force in February of 1984. Since that time, he has traveled from the coasts of Virginia to the mountains of Korea preaching the Word of God.