People have debated the values of communism and democracy, both from Scripture. There have been logical arguments supporting both ideologies. Ironically, similar political differences are dividing our country today. And every side believes that their ideology is “holier” than the others. Is the problem with Korah, Dathan and Abiram?
Dear Downers Church Family:
Twenty years ago, this past August, I arrived in Seoul, South Korea as a missionary to the Korean people. There were already many missionaries on the mainland, so I was sent to the furthest northwest island in North Korea, Paek Ryong Do.
The island had no Adventist presence, about 3,000 native residents (several from North Korea before the Korean War) and 3,000 military troops. Most of the island consisted of small mountains, but were surrounded by beaches, both stony and sandy. Sadly, most of the beachfront was inaccessible due to the vast amount of land mines around the coast. When the sky was clear, I could see North Korea from the tops of certain peaks. In the morning, I would hear practice gunfire and short-range missile launches. Most people seemed “on edge” on the island. Imminent attacks were often discussed. And actually, the month after I returned stateside two North Korean spies were found (and killed) trying to invade the island. And if you have watched the news within the last couple of years, you will realize that the tension between the two Korean countries has not diminished.
So, how did we get to such a great divide within the Korean Peninsula, which has a landmass slightly more than half the size of California? Many historians believe that the end of WWII was the beginning of the Korean War. When the rest of the world could breathe with relief, the Korean Peninsula was being primed for war. During WWII, Korea was controlled by the Japanese empire. At the end of the war, there was a vacuum of control. Most of the Koreans wanted a unified state, but other countries got involved in Korea’s political landscape. The Soviet Union wanted to spread its sphere of communism while the United States pushed “containment,” a foreign policy to limit the spread of communism. The disagreement would eventually escalate and lead to the Korean War, officially splitting the peninsula in two. Families would be pitted against each other due to differing political ideologies.
I have heard people debate the values of communism and democracy, both from Scripture. There have been logical arguments supporting both ideologies. Ironically, similar political differences are dividing our country today. And every side believes that their ideology is “holier” than the others.
I wonder if this is the problem with Korah, Dathan and Abiram? They are not concerned as much with the guidance of the Lord, but with the political landscape of Israel. Sadly, all they brought was dissension.