By Jeremy Reynalds
Senior Correspondent for ASSIST News Service
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. (ANS) -- Thanksgiving is fast approaching-a day every year when Americans stop to give thanks.
But according to a news release from Seoul USA, in the country of North Korea, Thanksgiving to North Korea's "Eternal President" Kim Il Sung must be given at every meal.
"The best wall on every house in North Korea must have well cared for photos of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il," said Seoul USA CEO Eric Foley speaking in the news release. "At every meal families look up at the picture and pray, thank you, Father Kim Il Sung, for this food."
While most Americans view the Hermit Kingdom as an atheist nation, Foley said in reality, it is perhaps the most religious nation on earth because one hundred percent of its citizens are required to worship Kim Il Sung. North Korea is the world's only "necrocacy" - ruled forever by its deceased eternal president.
"This is challenging to Christians who refuse to worship anyone other than God," said Foley.
He added, "Those seen bowing their heads in prayer are considered seditious citizens and are persecuted."
Seoul USA said overcoming this idolatry is the mo st pressing issue for the North Korean church. The way they've done this is to rely on four pillars: The 10 Commandments, The Lord's Prayer, The Lord's Supper, and The Apostles Creed. Each of these is a protection against idolatry, and helps them navigate through NK's state religion known as Juche.
"As Americans thank God for our blessings and prosperity this Thanksgiving, let's also consider our need to combat idolatry in our own lives," Foley said.
He added, "We can grow stronger in this overcoming faith by learning from the example of our North Korean brothers and sisters in Christ. Reliance on the four pillars of worship is the key."
For more information visit www.seoulusa.org