I recently read an article in the February 2016 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs magazine entitled “God’s Soldier in North Korea.” The article described the life of Ji Park, a convert to Christianity who deeply desires for his fellow countrymen to know the truth about Jesus Christ.
In the text, the following caught my attention:
“Ji’s distrust of the North Korean government increased even more when he discovered the Ten Commandments in the Bible. He grew up learning the Ten Principles of the Establishment of the One-Ideology System, which all North Koreans must memorize. These principles, along with their 65 clauses, describe in detail how each North Korean should live” (p.4).
Have you ever read the “Ten Principles of the Establishment of the One-Ideology System”? I had not. When I found them, I wasn’t shocked at their content. The goal is to create a citizenship of communist clones who put all their faith in a large, centralized government. Just so you can say you’ve read them, here they are:
1. We must give our all in the struggle to unify the entire society with the revolutionary ideology of Great Leader Kim Il Sung.
2. We must honor Great Leader comrade Kim Il Sung with all our loyalty.
3. We must make absolute the authority of Great Leader comrade Kim Il Sung.
4. We must make Great Leader comrade Kim Il Sung’s revolutionary ideology our faith and make his instructions our creed.
5. We must adhere strictly to the principle of unconditional obedience in carrying out the Great Leader comrade Kim Il Sung’s instructions.
6. We must strengthen the entire Party’s ideology and willpower and revolutionary unity, centering on Great Leader comrade Kim Il Sung.
7. We must learn from Great Leader comrade Kim Il Sung and adopt the communist look, revolutionary work methods and people-oriented work style.
8. We must value the political life we were given by Great Leader comrade Kim Il Sung, and loyally repay his great political trust and thoughtfulness with heightened political awareness and skill.
9. We must establish strong organizational regulations so that the entire Party, nation and military move as one under the one and only leadership of Great Leader comrade Kim Il Sung.
10. We must pass down the great achievement of the revolution by Great Leader comrade Kim Il Sung from generation to generation, inheriting and completing it to the end.
Americans are in the midst of a wild political season–the 2016 presidential election. Democrat and Republican candidates are attacking one another verbally and explaining why their plans and policies are superior to their opponents. There is no bloodshed. There is no automatic succession to the Oval Office. Instead, a war of ideologies and words is raging. Our founding fathers would be pleased (I think). The people will decide who will serve as our next leader. And, if we don’t like what he/she is doing, we’re free to say so without fear of persecution. For that freedom and for many others, I am very thankful to our Lord.
However, I am also concerned that our nation is headed towards the socialist society epitomized in the extreme by Kim Jong-un and the North Korean government. We may be a long way from requiring our citizens to memorize official propaganda like that detailed above, but a vote for Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton is a step in that direction. Simply put, when government increases in size, personal liberties decrease.
One of the mantras of most republican candidates is that our government ought to be smaller rather than larger. Most Americans wholeheartedly agree with that sentiment. But as President Reagan is attributed to have said,
No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear.
So–can this bloated bureaucracy be changed? Is it too late to shrink the beltway? I’m not smart enough to know that answer. I do know that we are currently quite dissimilar to North Korea. I also know that voting for candidates adhering to a socialist agenda’s isn’t the solution to our nation’s ills. Yet while I know who you should not vote for, I cannot presume to tell you who you should vote for! Vote your conscience. Vote for freedom. If possible, vote for a candidate that does not believe the federal government is the cure for the myriad of problems faced by the citizens of our nation. Above all, vote.
Allow me to close with a quote from Mama Cass of the group the Mamas and the Papas. She said the following in 1972:
“Your vote and my vote (she looking at John Denver) is not any more important than anyone else’s, they are equally as important, and very important…I don’t think it’s so important who you vote for. You vote for who you believe in. But the important thing is to vote because it’s our way and it’s the best way.”
“Because it’s our way and it’s the best way.” Indeed.
May we all vote wisely in this election.