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Missions Incredible South Korea sends more missionaries than… 
11th-Mar-2006 06:19 am

Missions Incredible
South Korea sends more missionaries than any country but the U.S. And it won't be long before it's number one.

Has anyone seen this article in the current issue of ChristianityToday? I saw the cover of the magazine but I haven't read the article yet. Here is the link: http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2006/003/16.28.html

If you read it before I get around to it let me know what think. If other Koreans have a tendency to be like UBFers this could be a scary prospect. What does this say about the state of Christianity in America? Why are Koreans so anxious to go out as missionaries? Conversely, why are Americans so reluctant? Look forward to seeing what the article actually says and hearing your comments. Wonder if it mentions UBF?
19th-Mar-2006 11:52 am (UTC)

You wrote “This is probably not your intent, but this constant singling out of Korean-Christians/Koreans appears to be grounded on a critical view of Koreans as a group. Let's be careful not to generalize an entire nation.”

Don’t get me wrong. I am not critical about Koreans as a group, or as individuals. But Koreans have a certain history and culture which has certain influences. You cannot generalize that *all* Koreans are like this and that, but you can certainly say that a huge percentage of Koreans are certainly influenced or tainted by certain elements stemming from that history and culture. I am vehemently denying the “politically” correct stance that all people are equal, men and women, Muslims and Christians etc. just because “you may not generalize.” All people are equal in the sense that they are all sinners on the one hand, and that they are all loved by God on the other hand, that they all have the same rights and dignity. But people are always embedded in their culture and one needs to understand that culture in order to understand the people.

You wrote: You also state, "Why don't they evangelize their own country first?" I believe people decide where to evangelize based on where they feel God is calling them, not based on statistics. The U.S. is full of non-believers; does this mean the U.S. shouldn't send missionaries out anywhere else?? Or that any other country with a statistically significant number of non-believers should not send missionaries out?

No, I don’t think sending out missionaries is wrong. But the relations should be right. There should be a sound balance between “inner mission” and “outer mission”. Korea is making a big fuzz about trying to evangelize other countries, totally denying that their own country is still a large mission field, as well what concerns the huge non-Christian part of the population as well as the restoration of the correct theology of the “Christian” population. That’s what I have seen in UBF so much: They are so eager to teach and train and correct others, but there is a complete unwillingness to restore and correct the wrongs in their *own* organization.

You wrote I'm only saying that when we disagree, we should be careful to phrase it as disagreement, and not as a right-wrong thing.

That depends. Sometimes, there are things which are just plain wrong, in an absolute sense. Or there are things which are just inconsistent and thus wrong no matter from which point of view, such as a Christian who claims to be Bible-based but orders divorces or abortions.

Again, let me reassure you that I am not anti-Korean at all. Quite to the contrary, I still have some extra sympathy for Koreans. But I am not so blind and naïve any more as I had been in UBF where we believed just because they have so many illuminated crosses in Seoul and UBF is so eagerly operating on the Campuses, they must be particularly spiritual people.
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