Victims Can Also Become Attackers

KyongJung Kim
KyongJung Kim, Regional Representative for Northeast Asia, Mennonite World Conference

By KyongJung Kim, Korea Anabaptist Center, June 3, 2015

At the Nagasaki Forum, we received an apology from Japan for its colonization of Korea. Although we Koreans were the victims in Japan’s rule, we also admitted the uncomfortable truth that we have also been an attacker and acknowledged the many people Korea killed during the Vietnam War. The truth that may shock everyone is that nations who are victims in a situation, can also be an attacker in another. However the question is church. Christ’s church can never be a victim who also becomes the attacking side and robs people of their lives, because self-indulgent work with national violence is contrary to Christ and blocks the work aligned with him

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