Hey everyone, welcome to the True Family Men podcast and I’m Dave Johnson this is a podcast that’s dedicating to helping you develop mentally, physically and spiritually to lead your family; and I am very excited to be introducing to you a new series that I started called “Manly Mondays” and this is going to be the first Monday and it’s going to be based off of the book by DC Talk called “Revolutionaries” and it’s the second edition of Voice of the Martyrs.
Maybe if some of you haven’t heard of this book basically it’s about Christians that have died for the gospel and I just have been so inspired by this book that I wanted to start a series and just share the inspiration and there’s fantastic stories of these amazing people in history. In the book covers a very wide range of history anywhere from 80 A.D. right after Christ and up until the present day and before we get started with this new series, I just really wanted to let you know this book really covers I mean a lot of the details, a lot of the facts it’s kind of explicit and if your kids listen to this show normally I maybe not recommend them listening to this because the book does talk about how they died and some of it is pretty brutal.
So I just wanted to warn you up front and I think if you guys would give me some feedback if you’d like maybe an explicit side, I don’t know that’s unnecessary but I just wanted to put that out there up front that if your kids are going to listen to the show that it will maybe be graphic on some of the stories. Some are a lot worse than others but some are pretty brutal and I’d like to encourage you to head over to http://truthreconstructed.com/ and if you want to stay connected to the community, if you want to find out when we release new podcast episodes, when we release new blog post or what we have going on in the community, you can sign up for our newsletter.
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A fundamental change in the way of thinking about or visualizing something; a change of paradigm. One engaged in a revolution, an advocate or adherent of revolutionary doctrines, doctrines that are a complete turnaround from the culture, economic and political norms of the day, a disciple of Christ, a Jesus Freak. That’s what this book is called “Jesus Freaks” and the first story I want to share with you guys is a story, just the first story off the bat really already convicted me with my walk with Christ and just who I am as a man of God and it’s a story about a man named Kim; don’t let the name deceive you.
It’s from North Korea and the story takes place in 2001 and Kim it starts off, Kim and his friend. So imagine you’re in North Korea 2001 you’re walking down the street, just put yourself in Kim’s shoes. You’re walking down the street with your best friend, normal day, sun’s probably shining you know I don’t know what it’s like in North Korea, I’ve never been there but sun is shining you’re walking with your friend, you’re chatting, I’m assuming you’re you know just going about your day, talking about normal things and Kim I’m assuming, he doesn’t say his age, but he still lives with his mother and I’m assuming maybe he’s about 17 or 18 years old. You know and he’s talking about stuff that 17 and 18 year olds talk about and two police officers come up to Kim’s friend and kick him straight in the back, just straight in the back and imagine what that’s like. How would you react to that, I mean I’ve had friends that have been in ally fights and you know people have come up and just hit you out of nowhere, how are you going to react to that. Well Kim’s friend just falls on the ground and lays there and this coming from the perspective of Kim and he says that his friend lays there and the two police officers are accusing him of being a Christian.
Now hold on, let’s just put that right there, when was the last time any of us have been physically assaulted in the US for being Christians? Let alone snuck up behind by police officers and kicked in the back and I don’t want to really get into the social injustice of the racism or these things that are going on right now in our society and this is July of 2015 and these posts that you see on Facebook and we do have police officers that aren’t following the law completely but imagine this I mean for being a Christian two police officers come up and are accusing you of being a Christian and kick you straight in the back. Well Kim goes on to say that he’s staring at his friend as his friend is laying on the ground and he’s peaceful, his face is peaceful he’s content and the police officers screaming at him accusing him of being a Christian and one of the officer pulled out his hand gun and Kim’s friend sees the handgun and just remains peaceful and Kim is looking into his friends eyes as he lays there. Now just the way I think of the story you know he’s…if somebody came up to me and kicking me in the back or punched me, sucker punch me, I would be outraged, I would be furious, I would turn around and you know I’m a CCW carrier, I would probably be ready to shoot them, but instead Kim’s friend chooses to lay on the ground and its peaceful, he has a content you know peaceful attitude and you can tell by his face Kim says and then the police officer pulls his gun out and Kim says that he shoots his friend right in the back, right in the chest, into his heart and kills him but before he says that Kim says as he looks into his friends eyes Kim whispers and says bless them, bless them and then they shot him; and Kim said that he knew what his friend was thinking, his friend was…he could feel it, you know you have that connection with your friend you can tell what they’re thinking without saying it and he said his friend was just telling him believe and he didn’t really understand, he didn’t understand why…what a Christian was and it says that he says Kim went home and he was sobbing obviously, he’s just crying, his friend was just shot in the back and killed and his mother comes home and he’s crying, he’s sobbing and she says “What’s wrong Kim? What is wrong?” and he says my friend was killed, she said killed he says yes, he was shot in the back because he was a Christian and she said oh my you know obviously the way a mother is she’s you know, she’s going to him and comforting him and he says mom what is a Christian? What is a Christian?
Why would somebody be killed because they’re a Christian? He didn’t even know what that was, he didn’t know what a Christian was, and his mom began you know God stirring up his mother’s heart and I’ll tell you why in a minute, and she begins to tell him her love for Christ and you know it broke her heart because she herself was a follower of Christ the story says and she was always so scared to tell her four boys or four sons about the truth from the gospel in fear that they would spread it and that they would die and that they would be killed just like Kim’s friend and it’s so just pierces me right in the heart but it later on goes to say that Kim’s mother is explaining to him the gospel and telling him about the amazing grace and mercy of Jesus Christ and that his friend died the most glorious death that he was one of the most brave children of God and that he will be honored in heaven, that he was killed for his faith, for the gospel in order for her son in order for her as his life was taken, as he was shot in the heart, the story says that as he was shot in the heart, his seed was planted into her son’s heart, her son’s heart for Jesus Christ.
So as a witness he would never probably found out about Christ, his mother would’ve probably never told him in fear of her family being killed but instead right in front of him, his own friend died for the gospel and that’s how…that’s just how amazing how God works, how it is and he comes to ask questions about Christ and what Christianity is and it later says that, he goes to bed and he’s praying and he’s weeping and he receives Jesus Christ as his saviour but he continues to cry and cry and his mom comes in, I mean when your weeping, there’s a difference between weeping and crying I mean I have three kids and when they cry you can kind of tell when they’re crying but when they’re weeping you know and they’re trying to catch their breath and their just really crying just imagine Kim in his room and he’s just crying so hard, he’s just weeping, just crying his heart out, his mom comes in and says Kim what is wrong? What is what is troubling you? What is wrong? and he says my brothers, my 3 brothers they don’t know Jesus, they don’t know the gospel, they don’t know and he’s been a Christian for maybe what 10, 20 minutes and his heart’s already turned away from himself, away from his own you know personal struggles and right to his brothers, he’s so concerned for them and for their salvation. So he gets up and him and his mom go in the living room, they begin to pray and pray for his brothers and the story also says just to give you the context that she never gave up, she never told her sons about Christ but she always prayed for them, she was always scared to tell them but she prayed for them every day, for that to be an opportunity that they would come to find the realization and the truth of the gospel and the three brothers come home later in the evening and they’re his younger brothers and the mom and Kim are just weeping, they’re crying and the brothers come in they think that something happened to their Father and they’re worried they said what’s troubling you, what so wrong and the brother just out of boldness the story says stands up and says you my brothers need to receive Jesus, you need to have Jesus in your heart, you need to know the story of what it means to be a Christian and they say what is that, what is a Christmas so he begins to explain, he begins to talk about the gospel, he begins to tell them and their hearts are stirred up, and they’re on fire and they don’t have anywhere to go though, they have a Bible. Bibles are allowed in North Korean and this is 2001 people realized that.
The rights we have in the United States Army I mean this is only 14 years ago. I mean I was 15 years old, I was probably the same age as some of the brothers and just the…I couldn’t imagine, this is where it struck me home, this is where it hit me right here in this part of the story and I sit here and I look at my bookshelf, I have three Bibles, I have two concordances, I have an iPhone that I can have any type of Bible that I want on it but there’s days I don’t even read it but there’s days I don’t even get in and study it, there’s days where I’m just pure lazy but I could be in North Korea 14 years ago and prior to present day and not being able to have a Bible to read whenever I want and let alone have 3 and it just hit me hard and I just asked God forgive me for my laziness and this is what God does through stories and through different things that He gives you revelation, He gives you perspective and there so many mistakes I made, there’s so many things that I do wrong but it’s perspective that God gives us, that’s why I appreciate this story, that’s why I appreciate this series “The Manly Mondays” it’s just a perspective it brings us back into alignment, it humbles us.
So get back into the story Kim goes and he has to find a Bible and he hears that their Christians in China. So he goes over…it’s called the Yalu River I believe, Y A L U, Yalu River into China and he pleads with these Christians in China, he says we need Bibles, we need Bibles and they give him some Bibles and he takes them back and then it goes back again and he says look me, my friends and my family we need Bibles. I need 5,000 Bibles, 5,000 Bibles okay, 5,000 Bibles he’s asking them for and he’s begging them and pleading them, so they have like a printing press, it’s like a hidden…it’s got a …I don’t even understand what goes on you know I’d imagine it be an underground system but they have their own printing press these Christians in China and they print 5,000 Bibles for Kim and it’s just amazing.
I can’t even imagine Kim and his brothers you know the second round, the stories says that Kim takes his three brothers with him. So they’re already on board, they’re already, once again their hearts have turned and they don’t care about themselves, they just care about spreading the gospel, they’re crossing this Yalu River. The bible…the story doesn’t say how they cross but no matter what I don’t understand there’s four of them and there’s 5,000 Bibles. I mean there miniature, Korean language Bibles but still miniature or not $5,000…I mean where do you put this, I mean a duffle bag or whatever mode of transportation, carrying 5,000 Bibles I could imagine to be easy. So they’re going back and forth and they’re just taking these…it’s called smuggling, it’s if they’re doing something bad, these Bibles are forbidden in North Korea and in China but they’re doing it, they’re stepping out in faith because they know the importance of the message and the gospel and the story says up until present day the book is written 2013, so they’re doing this for 12 years and this was their last run, that they were never heard of, that they haven’t return home yet. So this is one of the least you know graphic stories but Kim and his brother still…they don’t know if they’re in prison, they don’t know if they’ve been killed, they’re not sure what has happened to them but this is such a great story just to look at and just to glean away from it and what I’d like to take away from it is just the perspective, it’s just the look, to be a follower of Christ, just to be a Christian in the United States, we have so much freedom and it’s remarkable the things that we complain about on social media, the things that we whine about each and every day, to our friends and to our family about the rights that we deserve and then you look at a story that is so close to home that, this is 2001 up until present day North Korea where we wouldn’t even have a say, we can’t even read a Bible. You know imagine that being in the United States.
I am so blessed to be where I’m at and this is where the perspective comes in that God is working on my heart and my spirit and I hope you guys out there, you men out there that He’s showing you and even if you’re not a Christ follower or Christian but take advantage of your freedom, learn what you believe, learn the truth, because in other countries find out what you truly believe pick up the freedom that you have that other countries they force the truth down your throat, they tell you what to believe, they don’t give you a chance, but we love in the United States. Don’t get caught up in these petty arguments of the silly things on social media and everything that’s going on but look into your heart and find out what you truly believe. Take up the freedom that you have, that other countries don’t have and find out the truth.
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