Published on February 16th, 2012
The former leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Il, died in December. But the country is celebrating his 70th birthday this week anyway.
News reports say that North Koreans have finished an 18-foot tall statue of Kim Jong Il on horseback, and that new postage stamps and coins will honor him. The government news agency describes poems, programs, and performances dedicated to the leader.
Citizens are joining in the activities. They have no choice. North Koreans have few rights and privileges. Many Christians have gone to prison for their faith. The government wants the people to honor their leaders, not God.
Kim Jong Il’s son, Kim Jong Un, is said to lead the country now. Pray that the leaders and citizens will honor the one true God. Visit Bibles Unbound to find out about VOM’s project to get Bibles to North Koreans.
Kim Jong-il image credit: Wikimedia Commons / Kremlin.ru