Thursday, July 7, 2011

Being a Christian in Korea

I would like to start by wishing my friends, Carolyn and Heather, the best as they go back to their respective countries.  It is always a blessing to find people who are at similar points as I am in their walks with Christ, and who share similar beliefs.  Even though I have known these two ladies for only a short time, I feel like I had known them all of my life.  I realize that it sounds cliche, but it is the only way that I can describe it.  When you find a brother and/or a sister in Christ, you find a friend for life.

When I came to Korea, I was worried.  I read horror stories online about people being stuck in jobs with horrible living and working conditions.  People seem to be more vocal when they are unhappy, and it's sad.  It's always easier to complain.  I was worried that I would hate my job.  I was worried that my apartment would be below the standards that I am accustomed to.  I was worried that I would have a difficult time finding friends.  I was worried that I wouldn't find a church where I felt comfortable.  I was worried that I would be taken advantage of, or mistreated by my superiors.  I was worried that my students would be difficult.  I stopped drinking two years ago.  The pressure to drink and smoke here in Korea is immense.  I was worried that I would return to my old habits.  I had many worries because I was flying halfway around the world to a city that I knew nothing about.  I was merely relying on the word of a recruiter in determining that my job and living conditions would be suitable.

It's amazing how, sometimes, things seem to work out perfectly.  I have a great job teaching wonderful children.  My superiors are laid back, and trust my judgement.  My coworkers are friendly.  I am a runner, and there is a beautiful lake to run around less than 200 yards from my apartment.  The sidewalk even has a rubber track surface.  I live within walking distance of two mountains with incredible views.  I live in a big city with almost everything to offer.   My church, Wolgwang, has been incredible.  It's a great feeling to go to a church on Sunday, and leave feeling "full."  The minister, pastor Jeremy, always has an inspiring message to teach.  I play in the praise band with some fantastic musicians that challenge me.  I have been introduced to numerous wonderful friends whom I trust, both Korean and western.  I realized that politely saying, "no, but thankyou though," when offered a drink had become a habit that would definitely continue halfway across the world, despite the pressure.  I could go on about how good everything has been.

There are no coincidences in this world.  I believe that I have all of these things because I prayed for them.  It's comforting to know that I serve a God who provides, and takes care of all of my needs, despite the fact that I sin, and "fall short."  Nonchristians always seem to be watching, and so readily throw around the word, "hypocrite," when they see a christian fail.  It's sad that that is the only aspect of christianity that they are able to see.  It's a shame that many are blinded to a christian's contentment, peace, and joy.  It's sad that they are blinded to the fact that christians are blessed, and that "doors open" for those who trust God.  All christians are hypocrites in some way, shape, or form.  More over, with the exception of Jesus, all humans are, were, and will always be hypocrites.  Jesus was the only human to walk this earth without making a mistake.

The difference between a christian, and a nonchristian is that a christian is able to truly feel forgiven, and is free to live a blessed life, a life with eyes open to the fact that there are no coincidences, and that the hand of God is upon both believers and nonbelievers alike.  It's comforting to walk into uncertainty with confidence, not in myself, but in a God who provides, and makes his children "the head, and not the tail."


  1. It is so wonderful to know we are the son and daughter of most high God. Keep walking with our Lord, and feast in " His" faithfulness.
    Love Mom

  2. AMEN Brother! I'm glad God has put you into my life, your truly a good friend to have around.

  3. Amen! I was worried when i was backpacking alone in Canada last year.
    but it was awesome unlike my worry. God was with me all the way.
    I hope you have wonderful memories while you are here.
    God bless you!