For over sixty years the United States and the Republic of Korea have maintained a military alliance against the forces of North Korea. The slogan that best captures this friendship and commitment is “katchi kapshida” which literally means “we go together.” On June 25, 1950 North Korea launched an offensive with the purpose of uniting the peninsula by force in order to create a communist state. Over 54,000 Americans gave their lives defending the south until finally an armistice was signed on July 27, 1953. My dad was one of the Marines who was wounded and decorated for his heroism during that war. North Korea never signed a peace treaty so technically both the south and north are still at war. Today, an uneasy truce exists along the 2.5 mile wideand 160 miles long demilitarized zone (DMZ).Many believe it is only the bond between the U.S. and South Korea that keeps the North from attacking.
Have you ever wanted to be part of a group but found yourself excluded? Whether it be a school, church, club, team, a political party or affiliation most of us recognize the existence within any organization of an inner ring. Many people spend their whole lives seeking acceptance and entrance into these cliques or groups. No one wants to be left out.
On December 8th, Stephen celebrated his eighteenth birthday. I was in Colorado Springs and missed the big day. As I chatted with him on the phone, he shared about how his school would not allow him or his friends to use the words, “Merry Christmas” for an upcoming drama presentation. The reason the teacher gave him was that the school did not want to offend anyone.
Have you ever had a period in life where you felt like an idiot and wish you could crawl in a hole and hide? I think I’m just emerging from the hole.
If ever there was a need for prayer, it will be for a man named Obama. He inherits a nation at war with a stressed out economy. He will pilot a land divided in opinion in the midst of a world looking for a messiah. He will render senior leadership in a most complicated government with junior experience and little room for failure. He will face a press that is woeful in gathering all the facts and enemies that would love to see this nation destroyed. He will need wisdom from above in a culture that increasingly follows an ethical theory and practice “that emphasizes reason, scientific inquiry, and human fulfillment in the natural world and often rejects the importance of belief in God.”*