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'Our Home Country'

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2018-03-03 (토) 11:46 조회 : 268
작성일 : 2018.03.04
작성자 : Rev. K.L. Shin

Pastor’s Column by Rev. Kyung Lim Shin

            For the Bulletin of the KUMC of Metro Detroit

 

Sunday, March 4, 2018

 

‘Our Home Country’

 

March 1stis the day never to be forgotten for the Independence Movement of our ancestors. In Japanese-occupied Korea, on March 1st, 1919, 33 representatives of the Korean people put their signatures on the Declaration of Independence for Korea and read it aloud at a park in Seoul in front of a large crowd and then marched with them through the streets of Seoul. This movement had been started by Korean independence fighters in Manchuria and in Japan, and after March 1st, the movement was spread throughout Korea and to Shanghai, Siberia, U.S. and even Japan. This Independence Movement peaked in April and continued on until May, with a large number of casualties. Official count was 645 martyrs, but according to the latest report in Korea, there had been 1,060,000 demonstrators on March 1st, 553 people were killed, 12,000 arrested on that day, and between March 1st until the end of May, 7,979 demonstrators were killed, 15,961 were injured and 46,948 were arrested. In spite of heavy casualties, our ancestors, regardless of social status, positions, age, or gender, continued to protest the Japanese occupation of Korea and they chose to die rather than be subjected to the Japanese rule after the Independence Movement had begun on March 1st.

 

Our Christian ancestors played a pivotal role in this historical movement. Among the 33 signers of the Declaration of Independence, 16 of them were Christians, including Rev. Suk-Hoon Park who was martyred in prison. The Superintendent Moor for Pyoung-Yang district said at that time, “When I was planning to have a conference, a Korean pastor suggested that the meeting should be held in the prison, as 160 of pastors, evangelists, exhorters, cell group leaders, teachers and Sunday School teachers were imprisoned, due to the recent independence movement.” And Missionary Noble sent the following report to his home office, “In spite of their extreme persecution (the believers in Jae-Arm area were assembled inside of Jae-Arm-Ri Methodist Church and shot to death from outside, and then the whole church was set on fire), the believers are more devoted to God and saying that they don’t care when death comes to them, they just want to be more loyal to Lord Jesus who died for them.” (Excerpts from Prof. Duk-Joo Lee’s speech in preparation for the centennial commemoration of March 1stIndependence Movement)

 

When Korea was facing a crisis, our Christian ancestors rose up and spearheaded the Independence Movement to save their country. How are our home countries of Korea and U.S. doing at present? The people may enjoy independence and legal freedom, but aren’t they immersed in unrighteousness and sinfulness? I hope and pray that by learning from our history, we should feel more responsibility to provide better future for our next generation.


   

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