As Jesus broke down the walls of hostility that divide God’s people, we too are called to the ministry of reconciliation and peacemaking (Ephesians 2: 14-16). The people on the Korean Peninsula have suffered the personal pain of separation as well as the fear of political and military reprisals for more than 60 years. The armistice agreement of 1953 created a lingering war of tension and instability. Sponsored by the World Council of Churches, a group a 34 church leaders recently met near Geneva to discuss ways of promoting peace in Korea. Among the leaders were those from South and North Korea.
Some of the goals discussed at the meeting targeted the youth and suggested using them as a new way to work for peace. With the future in mind, the group wishes to invite them into the peace process. The youth of the world have a brand new perspective, and while it may not be an experienced perspective, it is a clean one. Clean is what the world needs. We need clean hearts, clean minds, and clean hands to be able to make progress. Through prayer and reconciliation, we can find new ways to advocate for peace and urge others to do so as well. No matter how small or tall the effort, each will further the development of peace on the Korean peninsula.