Koreans Freed, Thank God… but what now?

Korean Hostages All Free – Weeping and Rejoicing, Catez reports on the final act of the Korean Hostage situation. August 30th she heard the report of their freedom and commented,

Today I am reminded that we weep with those who weep, and rejoice with those who rejoice. Those of us who have kept the team in our prayers hold both of those realities together. Christian history has chronicled stories like these from its beginnings. In the Acts of the Apostles, an account of the 1st century church, in chapter 12:1-4, we read of two imprisonments by King Herod. One resulting in the death of James and the other in the escape of Peter. I have often thought of the sorrow of the early church in losing James, they way they kept a prayer vigil for Peter, and their joy when he miraculously escaped.

Shim Sung-min and Pastor Bae Hyung-kyu

So I have these two things in my mind and heart today. I am thrilled that our people have been released. And I am remembering the two men who made the ultimate sacrifice in the cause of the gospel.

I heartily join her in these thoughts and emotions. She also records the point that their church, Saemmul Presbyterian Church, clarified the aid workers purpose: they were in “Afghanistan to offer practical assistance in medical care to the sick, and to children, and to exemplify the Christian message”

We have a hard hearted world we deal with now. And, to me, the message of Islam and its appeasers in this whole debacle is that we can expect that all forms of compassion will be funneled through the tyrannical militant bureaucracy with the outcome that it will be diverted as they see fit, applied with their reward and punishment systems, with all the corruption and abuse that implies. No Compassionate Christians need apply…just send money.

We are relieved that the fine people with their high ideals have returned to their home country of Korea, we who are Christians can echo Catez’s sentiments and the joy and weeping with our brothers and sisters in the faith, but I am here to say that we have other things that we need to also look at in this situation, and what it says of our future.

How long will we appease evil? To what lengths will we serve it so it will just “leave us alone”? That is the larger question that waits for us. It was evil to do with these aid workers what was done. Doing good comes increasingly at a steep cost. I mean that on several levels. The reason is that good is called evil, and evil good in this world of ours. That is the explanation, but not the full story on what it will cost us as individuals and as nations to continue to “do good”. The double edged sword for all of us is that such a situation calls upon us to render a sound reason for what we call good, for our motivations in taking the actions we do, and in scrutinizing the long term results of our actions.

It cuts on both the side of what is an improvement in motivation and rationale in giving to the world’s needs and the side which will create a curtailment of generosity. Better giving, but less giving we might say. That will be true only for those who bravely continue to give selflessly in the face of accusation, persecution, ridicule, and hostility. The rest will be goaded into shutting down or capitulating to tyrants.

I love the way Catez brought forward all that is lovely and of good report in the release of our Korean brethren. I rejoice and weep …. but then I lift my head to look at the road which we must take now.

It gets narrower, my friends, much narrower.