What would you do if you were the leader of a missions agency and your government asked you to take all of your missionaries out of a certain country for safety purposes? This is the situation the Korean Baptist Mission Board is facing, as the government has requested they pull all workers from Afghanistan in light of the on-going negotiations with the muslim terrorists [Click here for the full story]. These muslims are holding Christian aid workers captive and will either murder them or get their demands met. Hopefully, this is only a temporary move by the Korean missions agency. What a shame it would be if terrorists were allowed to kidnap and bully weak-kneed governments into forcing Christian missionaries out of muslim countries. Somewhere down the line, it seems to me, we are going to need to say, “The Christians giving away free food and free medicine AREN’T THE PROBLEM.” The Spirit driving Christian missions is love, and it is love with no fear of death for these Christians are those Christ set free from living in the fear of death. The problem in Afghanistan is not that there are Christians present who are willing to die for love, it is, rather, that there are muslims present who are willing to kill.
That is a difficult situation. But if I were in that situation, I would have to tell the government that I couldn’t and wouldn’t take out the missionaries. When the missionaries were put there they knew they were taking a chance with their lives. Also, it would be gain if they died, as Paul says, “To live is Christ and to die is gain.”