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Franklin Graham Was Asked if Life for Christians Will Improve in North Korea, Here’s What He Said

Here’s What He Said

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North Korea has been ranked the number one worst place to be a Christian for 16 years in a row by the Open Doors Foundation.

The resilient few who make it out of the locked down nation tell harrowing tales of persecution in a nation where Christianity is almost completely forbidden.

So when Donald Trump made his comments this week following his seemingly quite successful meeting with the Supreme Leader of this tyrannical nightmare of a nation that Kim “loved his people”, many people understandably got quite upset.

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Even the left, who sang the praises of Kim’s sister at the Olympics and chided Pence for being apparently cold to the sister of a brutal dictator who persecutes his brethren in Christ, suddenly remembered what a terrible place North Korea was.

Trump’s objective, however, in all his relations with Kim Jong Un, including the lavish praise, as he reminded Fox and Friends on Friday has been denuclearization. When asked why he has been defending Kim Jong Un, he said:

“You know why? Because I don’t want to see a nuclear weapon destroy you and your family.”

Fair enough.

But the question remains, will the deal be good for the persecuted church in North Korea?

Evangelist Franklin Graham also told CBN this week that he believes it will. Graham, who is the son of the late Billy Graham, has many family ties to the Korean peninsula and has visited the DPRK on four humanitarian trips.

He says he feels “very optimistic” about Trump’s Singapore summit with Kim, and believes Trump’s willingness to engage with Kim was the politically expedient thing to do.

“I think the North Koreans have been wanting to talk to the Americans for a long time and this is the first administration that they’ve been able to talk to directly like this,” he said. “The North Koreans just want to be shown respect and other administrations brushed them off like they were nothing.”

He thinks that influence from the West could help relax restrictions on life for North Korean Christians.

“I want the communist government to know that Christians are not their enemies,” he said. “They have the potential of being the very best citizens in the country because God commands all of us to pray for those that are in authority.”

We ought to pray for our leaders, whoever they are, and it’s a radical thought to think of the biblical responsibility North Korean Christians have to pray for their leader. Nonetheless, it is true, but we in the West have a very big responsibility to pray for our persecuted brethren, that they may be comforted and know how much the rest of the global church hopes to see them freed from their political chains very soon.

 

 

 

 

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