Have you ever seen a documentary on North Korea? I was watching one at a friend’s house. It was eye-opening. Especially the part about the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). At documentary time, the North Koreans were still broadcasting propaganda over the border to South Korea. According to Wikipedia, they stopped these broadcasts 9 years ago.
Anyway, I was picturing this: North Korea, one of the bleakest places on earth, with approximately 24 million brainwashed and downtrodden people ruled by a crazy tyrant. Then you have South Korea where Samsung and Hyundai are made and that has the fastest internet download speeds in the world. Below is a picture of the Korean peninsula. I’ll let you guess which one is North Korea and which one is South.
I find it somewhat humorous to think about those North Korean broadcasts into South Korea. When you have the fastest internet download speeds in the world, what is “the Dear Leader” going to say that would tempt a South Korean to go, “That’s right, who needs a Galaxy S4 when I could be in a work camp and starving to death?!”
That would be stupid.
I am that stupid.
Confession and spiritual application time! I have been a Christian for 25 years. Yes, that’s a quarter of a century of hope in hard times, strength through the storms, a friend that sticks closer than a brother, a member of the best family on earth – the family of God. Yet sometimes, I stand there and listen to the lies of Satan, the leader of the World as he says, “Wouldn’t you like to be loved and valued by the world? Wouldn’t you like to crave the things that your God won’t allow?”
Satan tried the same thing with Jesus. “Bow down to me and I will give you the Kingdoms of the World.”
I want to picture Jesus saying, “Seriously? I made this stuff. I could make a better earth if I wanted, Lucifer. Go back to your darkness.” Instead, He reminded the devil “You shall not bow down or serve any other gods.”
Even sadder than this are those living in that dark bondage of sin. For those of us made alive by salvation, we can see that they are in bondage. They have no idea of their chains. So brainwashed, they can only fling at us the regurgitated propoganda of their NOT dear leader, the Devil: “Christians have no fun! God is a killjoy! There’s nothing after death!” or the ever popular “Christians are evil!”
Apparently dead men do tell tales because those are lies. Lies, I tell you! From Satan who wants to keep his people in bondage with darkened minds. It’s heartbreaking how wrong they are and how they persist in these falsehoods.
That’s what evangelism is: speaking light into the darkness.
We have the truth, and the truth will set them free.