We mourn today the loss of one of our own, pastor Bae Hyung-kyu of South Korea, found today after being killed by Taliban thugs in Afghanistan. Bae was on a mission of mercy with 22 others from his church, when they were pulled from their bus and have now been held captive for over a week.
Once again our perceptions of the Middle East are challenged, and we wonder if peaceful humanitarian efforts can ever be successful in a place where unarmed, non-American, missionaries are assaulted simply for offering free medical help. Truly, there are at least a component of the population that believe all non-Muslims are to be subjugated or killed, in the name of Allah.
It makes me wonder about comments I read recently in this article, about the last sermon of Rev. John Stott. Dr. Stott echos the hopes of Christians everywhere by quoting
Rev. Iskandar Jadeed, a former Arab Muslim, who said: “If all Christians were Christians – that is, Christ-like – there would be no more Islam today.”'Well, that may be so, but it is nevertheless apparent that process will claim many, many martyrs like Bae, who in paying the ultimate sacrifice, exhibited the biblical quality of John 15:13...
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.Our praise goes up to Our Lord for the life of our brother in Christ, Bae Hyung-kyu, and our prayers go out for his family, and the remaining 22 hostages and their families.
Lord, deliver them all from the Hand of Evil...