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Korean hostages

Did the South Korean government go too far in negotiating for the release of the hostages? Talk about a hard case. Everyone should be celebrating the release of those men and women. How truly, truly wonderful.
At the same time, reports that the South Korean government agreed to bar missionary activities to Afghanistan – if true as reported – are troubling. A government barring the work of faith overseas? If not chilling, it is at least troubling.
Is this something Christians should agree to following? If so, at what price does it come? I need to learn more.

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Phil DeBrier

posted August 30, 2007 at 4:01 pm

A responsible government is going to issue restrictions or travel adviseries to protect it’s citizens, which is a reasonable function of a government. The State Department does it all the time. The youth group at my church headed off to downtown Los Angeles to work with some homeless people there…the expectation is that even though some of the local may be hostile to the message the kids were relatively safe, and last I checked LA still functions under the rule of law. If a group of Christians decided to head off to less friendly environs, you have to expect that someting bad can happen, and lets face it, there are plenty of people in Afganistan for whom the only good Christian is a dead one. Kidnapping foreigners also happens to be a good cash generating industry in that corner of the world – it happens all the time.
We live in a free society, so I guess the answer to your question is no, groups should not be barred from traveling to dangerous corners of the would, with the condition that the folks looking to go are properly educated to all of the dangers involved. You can only make an informed decision if you are, in fact, informed. Sign the papers, and if you feel that God has called you to be a martyr then you might get your chance.

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posted August 30, 2007 at 4:54 pm

In free societies, the government’s agreements don’t have to bind the people. If the U.S. banned missionary work (I know, I know) that wouldn’t stop many of us with the will. There is no commandment in our faith that the government export or provide religion.
I am glad the people were released. I’m sorry the Taliban profitted.

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posted August 31, 2007 at 4:38 pm

I lived in Turkey for three years in the 1990’s. The official government stance was freedom of religion. Prosletyzing for any religion was, however, illegal. I was not troubled by this. Turkey is a sovereign nation and incidentally, a democratic one, so since I chose to live there, I chose to obey the laws.

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posted September 6, 2007 at 12:39 am

[b]”And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”[/b]
Proselytizing is not necessary to get people to follow Christ. Just love one another Christian to Christian. And I’m sure that the Martyrs broke some laws.
The Fellowship of the Believers (from Acts)
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common.
Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.
And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

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