How seriously should we take the Commission of Christ to us? Should we obey Him, only in areas that are safe and secure? Should we only go to the places where the government permit us to do so? Should we stop completely as it affect others and put them in duress? Did Apostle Paul and gang considered the rest of the church members' feelings and safety when they went off preaching into dangerous places? How and where do we draw the line between wisdom and obedience? Wisdom not to rush where angels fear to tread? Courage to obey His commission, even where there are clear and present danger?
Would love to hear your comments! Do u think these 23 individuals were wise in doing what they did?
Posted: Monday, July 23, 2007, 12:02 (BST)
The kidnapping of 23 Korean church volunteers in
There are an estimated 17,000 South Korean Christian missionaries abroad, the largest contingent after those from the
Several major dailies questioned why the church that sent the volunteers to
"Religious groups should realise once and for all that dangerous missionary and volunteer activities in Islamic countries including Afghanistan not only harm Korea's national objectives, but also put other Koreans under a tremendous amount of duress," the right-leaning Chosun Ilbo newspaper said in an editorial on Monday.
The Saemmul church from which the kidnapped Koreans were dispatched is relatively moderate and its missions abroad have focused on volunteer medical and humanitarian work, people in the Christian community say.
But for many increasingly wealthy evangelical churches in
"I have never seen this kind of zeal elsewhere," said Song Jae-ryong of
Critics say that while the churches do a lot of good abroad, they can at times have a shallow view of the world.
In some cases, dozens or even hundreds of South Korean evangelicals can be found in a single small city, with some even fighting one another over the voluntary work to be done, the left-leaning daily Hankyoreh reported.
A few evangelical church leaders boast about getting around South Korean government warnings and bans other countries place on missionary visas by unofficially dispatching missionaries.
This practise has drawn criticism among other South Korean churches, because it makes it difficult for locals to distinguish between Christian volunteers doing humanitarian work and those whose primary mission is to seek converts overseas.