Churches in North Korea and United Sates are calling upon their governments to look for a peaceful solution to the conflict. Churchmen from both countries have appealed for dialogue instead of nuclear war to settle the conflict between the two countries’ political leaders.
In this regard, the National Council of Churches in Korea has urged the political leadership to push for peace. The Prelate of the Anglican Church of Korea, Archbishop Onesimus Dongsin Park, top church leaders from Presbyterian, Methodist, Salvation Army, Evangelical, Assemblies of God, Orthodox and Lutheran denominations issued a joint statement urging the U.S and North Korea governments to initiate dialogue.
An excerpt from the joint statement issued by Korean churches is as follows:
“Urgent Appeal to the International Community
Jeremiah 33:6 “Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security”
War destroys all of us: we desperately appeal for peace on the Korean peninsula
The international society is keeping a close eye on the Korean peninsula. Following the North Korea’s nuclear tests, dangers of war pose imminent threat to the Korean peninsula. There has been an ongoing “war of words” even in the United Nations, where peace should be pronounced. This war of rhetoric has led to the United States’ Air Force deployment of B1-B bomber beyond the Northern Limit Line (NLL) under South Korea’s silent consent. As a response, North Korea has claimed to exercise self-defense procedures against the US.
Peace cannot be achieved through arms. Armaments would only lead to the destruction. As apostles of peace, the Korean churches, together with 10 million followers, strongly oppose a second war in the peninsula and therefore would not tolerate any forms of military actions aggravating the situation.”
On the other hand, the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA; including about 38 denominations has drafted an open letter to U.S. President Donald Trump. The letter attracted more than 1,100 signatures, portrays “profound concern over the rise in tensions between the United States and North Korea.”
An excerpt from the open letter is as follows:
“We recognize the unfortunate choice of language and careless posturing of Kim Jong Un. For the sake of peace, however, we urge you to cease utilizing bellicose language and name-calling in your public speeches and Tweets and instead pursue diplomacy as befitting the leader of the free world.
“Put simply, nuclear war must never take place. You are the leader of the world’s strongest nuclear superpower, and therefore you have a responsibility to act with probity, tact, and care. While we do not defend Kim Jong Un or condone the dangerous rhetoric employed by his regime, equally reckless talk by you could lead to a miscalculation in which millions of lives could be lost. Nuclear war that can destroy millions of people puts the whole world at risk and is fundamentally immoral. For this reason, we urge you to take the higher road, and thereby project strength that comes through silence.”