For the past few days I have been reading a book called Eyes of the Tailless Animals. It’s a memoir of a North Korean woman who wrongfully spent 6 years in North Korea’s prison camps. The tortures and living conditions she endured are unbelievably inhumane and disgusting. I don’t think many people are aware of the actual conditions inside North Korea are, but I can’t help but imagine that when North Korea eventually falls, there is a very real probability that what we will find will be just as bad if not worse than what we found in the Holocaust.
The author was eventually released and defected to China, finding Jesus in the process. In the book she writes on multiple occasions that she was confused why these “heaven people” (North Korean term for Christians) would not just deny a deity other than Kim Il Sung even if it meant gruesome torture and execution. She understands why now.
As I was reading this book, all I could think of was, if the Lord called me to a place like this, could I endure torture and incarceration? I was scared. I didn’t think I could. Then it hit me. Shouldn’t my reaction to reading this be an urgency to bring the Gospel and justice to the people who live in midst of incredible injustice with no hope?
Living in a land of wants instead of needs and where freedom is taken for granted, I instinctively seek for my own safety and comfort instead of seeking to do what I was created to do.
*You can search Soon Ok Lee to read her testimonies and speeches to the Congress online.