Mr. Kim Jong Un
Supreme Leader, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
First Secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea
Pyongyang, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
It is said that your grandfather once warned, “Only Christianity can cut the root of our communism.”
In this he spoke prophetically, since despite his efforts and the efforts of your father and yourself to exterminate the Christians of your nation, God has never left your land without a witness to the grace, love, mercy, and matchless power of the Lord of all, Jesus Christ. You yourself may know of the many tens of thousands of Christians at all levels of your society and in all the cities and villages and prisons and concentration camps of your land who continue to make this witness to the Lord Jesus despite the harshest possible penalties they are forced to suffer even for the act of praying to the Lord on your behalf. Though they are only able to bear this witness to the mercy of the Lord Jesus toward you and the people of your nation in whispers and pain-wracked groans, the Lord Jesus has raised up their voices to be heard by their Christian brothers and sisters in all of the nations of the world. In this way the Lord Jesus has called us to join henceforth in their witness toward you to remember all that he has commanded us.
Because we are forever one body with the persecuted Christians of North Korea we add our voices to theirs and:
- We witness that the Lord Jesus is the supreme leader of your land and of all the nations of the earth;
- We witness that as you and your family have continued to mercilessly persecute Christians since the foundation of your republic, you are actually persecuting the Lord Jesus;
- We witness that the Lord Jesus hears the cries of the oppressed and will soon return to free the prisoners and mete out justice to the oppressors, not overlooking a single offense that has been committed.
The eyes of the Lord have never wavered from your land, despite your effort to shield your actions from him and from the world. The voice of the Lord continues to call you to repentance and new life, despite your effort to silence his messengers. The body of the Lord continues to bear without defeat all that you inflict on it through the punishment, imprisonment, and death of the very ones who intercede with him daily to save your nation and your soul.
We witness that even at this late hour of your republic it is not impossible that you may receive the mercy of the Lord Jesus, should you cry out for it with your whole being and with a wholehearted desire that he reshape you into the man and leader he raised you up to be.
Each man or woman who bears the name Christian was, like you, once in rebellion against God. Be reconciled to God. Summon back from your prisons and concentration camps those who can show you how.
With the love of Christ,
The Rev. Eric P. Foley
Chief Executive Officer
United in the bonds of Christ with the persecuted Christians of North Korea