Radio Christmas Message Aims to Prove to North Korea That Kim Jong Un Is Not God
On Christmas Eve, South Korea-based Free North Korea Radio (FNKR) will broadcast a Christmas message into the North, and run it every day for seven days. North Korean defector Christians in South Korea believe that the Christmas message can break the religious "stranglehold" of the Kim Jong Un regime. The story can blast through the propaganda that Kim Jong Un is God, and encourage North Koreans to question the oppressive regime.
"Kim Il-Sung saw the power of the [Christian] faith and decided to use its constructs for his own purposes," Suzanne Scholte, chairwoman of the North Korea Freedom Coalition (NKFC) — the American partner of FNKR — told PJ Media. "He set himself up as a god, perverting the Holy Trinity with Jim Jong-Il as the Christ figure and the Juche ideology of self-reliance as the Holy Spirit."
Scholte had corresponded with Hwang Jang-yop, the highest-ranking North Korean defector responsible for crafting Juche ideology. According to the NKFC chairwoman, Hwang "came to believe that it was only the Gospel message that could break the stranglehold of the Kim regime over this thinking."
Here are a few concrete ways the message of Christmas can free the minds of North Koreans, according to Scholte.
1. The star of Bethlehem.
The star of Bethlehem forms a central part of the Christmas story as told in the Gospel of Matthew. According to the tale, magi from the East saw a star heralding Jesus' birth and came to worship Him, identifying Him as King of the Jews.
North Korean propaganda also speaks of a star heralding the birth of their kings, Peter Pry, executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, explained in Newsmax. In Korean mythology, Kwangmyongsong ("the Bright Star") heralded the birth of the demigod and great conqueror Dangun on Mt. Paektu. Dangun defeated China's Shang Dynasty and founded the Korean civilization in 2333 B.C.
The Kim regime not only emphasizes this miraculous star, but directly connects it to the ruling family. According to North Korean state media, Kim Jong Un, his father Kim Jong-il, and his grandfather Kim il-sung were all born on Mt. Paektu, and under Kwangmyongsong, the conqueror's star.
This is blatantly false. Kim il-sung is known to have been born in Mangyongdae near Pyongyang, North Korea — more than 400 miles away from Mt. Paektu. Kim Jong-il is known to have been born in Vyatskoye, Russia — a 17-hour flight from Mt. Paektu. Records differ on the birth of Kim Jong Un, but suggest he was born in Pyongyang, again 400 miles from Mt. Paektu.
Perhaps hearing the story of Jesus' birth under the star of Bethlehem will encourage North Koreans to question the propaganda about the Kims' births, Scholte suggested.