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August 30, 2007

Dark victory

The wonderful news:

Taliban kidnappers Thursday released the seven remaining South Korean hostages and handed them over to Red Cross officials, Afghan and Taliban officials said.

On Wednesday, Taliban militants released a total of 12 South Korean hostages, part of the group of 19 Christian aid workers who have been held for nearly six weeks [two had been executed and two released prior to this].

The kidnappers freed the 10 women and two men in three separate groups, a day after South Korea announced its team of negotiators in Afghanistan had reached a deal with them.

The not-so-wonderful news:

Under the terms of an agreement reached on Tuesday. . . Seoul promised to halt all Christian missionary work in Afghanistan.

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Comments

labrialumn

The South Korean government doesn't really control where South Korean missionaries go. So that one was empty.

But they also promised to pull out their troops, handing the Muslims a victory and reinforcement for terroristic methods.

Sarah Barry

Those who gave their lives for Christ in Afganistan join the ranks of Christian martyrs and heros. They should be honored. To apologizd for their seeking to bring the love and forgiveness of Christ to people seduced by a religion of murder and violence is a shameful thing. I pray that the Christian churches of South Korea may send more missionaries to the places of the world where the gospel is needed--even if it means that they are put in harms way. Those of us who sit on the sidelines can at least honor their courage and sacrifice and pray for them. The South Korean government should be proud of such great men and women. I believe that we shall see again that the blood of martyrs is the seed of the church of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Stephen Skeete

In seeking to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ christians should not be bound by the dictates of any government but by conscience guided by the Bible.

To understand the apology of the Korean Christians one must also understand their culture, which is one of deference to the group and to elders.

However, I believe no Christian group should allow any goverment to negotiate away its right to witness in any country.

Christians who have been banned from particular countries have always sought ways and means to take the gospel to the people of the banned territory in order to fulfill the clear mandate of our Lord.

We should not allow our government to make any decision on behalf of the church which prevents or hinders the proclamation of the gospel. It is much better to die than to live with that kind of agreement.

The governement that can negotiate away the right of christians to witness in a foreign country will one day seek to prevent witness on its own soil.

The Korean believers ought to be highly commended for taking the gospel to Afghanistan; but apologising for going or for the problems their going caused their government, culture notwithstanding, was not a very good, and could work to the detriment of their freedom to proclaim the gospel at some later time.

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