North Korean Christians won't pray for Kim Jong-un's demise despite persecution

Christians in North Korea will not pray for the demise or dethronement of their current leader, Kim Jong-un, and they are also calling for their co-believers to do the same, according to anti-persecution charity Release International.

(KCNA / Handout via REUTERS)Kim Jong Un watches a military drill marking the 85th anniversary of the establishment of the Korean People's Army in this handout photo made available on April 26, 2017.

The charity acknowledged that Christians can be sometimes tempted to ask for Kim Jong-un to be removed from his position. However, Release International said the persecuted believers know that there will be others who will succeed him if ever that happens, Premier relayed.

Release International partner Dr. Eric Foley noted that in his 15 years of working with North Korean refugees, he had "never encountered a North Korean Christian who has prayed for the regime to be overthrown." Instead, they hope that their national leader would soon "come to know Christ."

"Perhaps North Korean Christians know better than the rest of us, that it is not a change of government that will bring peace, but the entry of the Prince of Peace into our hearts," said Dr. Foley. "We should follow their lead and pray not for regime change, but for a change of the heart of the regime."

Release International's CEO Paul Robinson highlighted the plight of Christians in North Korea, saying the believers there were not merely persecuted but were also executed. For this reason, he called on all people to pray for Christians who were suffering because of the level of persecution there.

Open Doors USA said there were around 50,000 Christians held in prison or labor camps in North Korea because of their faith. The organization has labeled the reclusive state as the world's most dangerous country for Christians, the Christian Broadcasting Network reported.

In fact, North Korea has consistently clinched the top spot for 16 years in Open Doors' World Watch List of the 50 countries where Christians are most persecuted.

In light of the situation, Open Doors USA urged Christians to fight for their brothers and sisters in Christ who are persecuted. The organization reminded them that the Bible teaches them to serve as "a voice for the voiceless."