Tale of Two Cities Part 3
EYES WIDE OPEN
While the meeting of Kim Jong-Un and Trump should be welcomed by everyone for the sake of easing political tensions, one should not jump to conclusion that the two Koreas will be unified soon. The reality is that the two Koreas have lived separate lives for almost 60 years, thus the political, social, cultural, and economic differences are quite immense.
One must realize that Kim Jong-Un is more interested in guaranteed sovereignty than reunification. That is, the rhetoric of unification might be the smokescreen for the more immediate motive of economic relief and peace with the US.
If the US is interested, too, in reducing tension and eventual denuclearization of the North, then she must consider Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine as to how all three states eventually agreed to denuclearization in exchange for economic assistance and compensation. It seems that North Korea might be seeking a similiar deal.
On a different note, those interested in the North-South dialogue and reunification should study and consider the German reunification carefully. Without going into detail, the underlying causes of German reunification as well as processes should be carefully studied. The lessons learned from the German experience could serve as the guideline for the Korean unification. But, that is something down the line--perhaps way down the line.
PRAY FOR THE TWO KOREAS
While thawing of NK-SK-US relations should be welcomed, caution must be exercised. Christians should pray for the peace on the Korean peninsula as well as the Gospel’s entry and flourishing in the North. Plus, we need to continue to pray for those in North Korea who suffer from political and religious oppressions.
Prayers for South Korea should be lifted up as well. South Korea is currently undergoing radical political and social transitions. That process is similar to the US in that the left and the right are becoming more polarized along social, economic, and political dimensions. Korean churches are also vilified as money-hoarding scams that con its faithfuls. The loss of confidence in church leadership is a major problem going forward.
It's safe to say that the US holds the key to what will transpire on the Korean peninsula. Thus, prayer for the US leaders and key decisionmakers is much needed.
The future of two Koreas is intricately tied to regional stability. And, since both the US and China are keenly interested in the region, what transpires on the peninsula will have global implications. While thawing of the NK-SK-US relations should be welcomed, one must remain objective, practical, and even skeptical rather than swayed by charisma, emotions, or rhetoric. We must pray for the involved players and, more importantly, pray for God's divine intervention and resolution for the entire region.