At the close of WWII, Korea was left divided. The North was communist and the South was not. Then came the Korean war. The North was trying to assimilate the South into it's communist state. The United Nations (pardon my french) still had balls then. They responded quickly, swiftly. In three years the aggressors were beaten back and peace returned.
South Korea has a thriving Christian community. A community they could not have under North Korea's rule. South Korea has citizens, Christians who bravely and boldly went to minister in war torn Afghanistan. There the Taliban has captured 23 of these dear brothers and sisters in Christ. Two have been murdered because the demands to release Taliban bad guys held by the Afghan government have not been met. More are likely to follow, without intervention.
Some are calling to give into the demands. These terror minded ones making the demands are as opposed to freedom as any communist ever was. I pray no concessions are made with them. But at the same time I pray even more fervently for the comfort and Peace of Christ to be with all those held captive. I pray for their freedom to be accomplished without compromising with terror. Whether Divine intervention or the might, skill and intervention of the military. I pray for their home churches, their families, their country men.
Persecution goes on elsewhere. In China. In the Philippines. In various African nations. It won't get the media coverage drunken stars and deranged pop idols get. But it's going on. Persecution is alive and well. If you are a Christian, these are your brethren. Please join me in praying for them.