Nuking North Korea – To nuke or not to nuke?

A little bit ago I was thinking about this whole ridiculous situation with North Korea.  Most people I’ve talked to are not super scared of getting nuked by them, but it’s not necessarily out of their thoughts, either.  It sparked a silly idea that I ended up tweeting a few days ago.

“Can we just get in a tickle fight with North Korea? #loveyourenemy”

I had a couple of interesting comments about that, including one friend who claimed he’d throw up if tickled. (I don’t think we should send him to the tickle fight, if that’s how we end this conflict.)  One friend claimed that North Korea wouldn’t play fair.  [Side question: What does playing unfairly in a tickle fight look like?  {Side comment: Don’t answer that.  This is a PG-13 website.}]

Nuking North Korea - To nuke or not to nuke - 4-5-13 - 1Seriously, what if we went after our enemies with tickle fights more often?  Aside from the awkwardness of tickling a stranger, it’s hard to be mad at someone tickling you.  My crazy-wonderful wife can’t stand being tickled and gets hot under the collar pretty quickly, but I am still dubious that she’d really be MAD at me.  I say, let’s start resolving international bru-ha-has this way.  Has blowing each other up or shooting each other ever stopped hatred?  Nope.  I think my strategy deserves some consideration.

In related news, my wife found this hilarious propaganda YouTube video leaked from North Korea, depicting life in the U.S.  I realize that if you watch it now, you might not come back to the post, but that’s a chance I’m willing to take.  It’s that funny!

To me, what’s curious about the video is how it makes you wonder who could feel any emotion other than pity or superiority over a group of people eager to drink boiled snow and eat cooked bird (only on Tuesdays).  This is what the North Koreans are being taught about us, the poor Americans their country is teaching what their enemy is like.

This might reveal my ignorance, but I am truly at a loss as to why North Korea considers us an enemy.  I know that we support South Korea, there’s the whole capitalism vs. communism thing, and our country’s obsession with Gangnam Style.  (Who wouldn’t hate us over the latter?)

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Jesus’ teaching about loving your enemy is one of His hardest, most difficult teachings to truly practice, in my opinion.  Forgiving your enemy is intimitely wrapped up in this, too.  I have trouble forgiving a friend when they say something that offends me, let alone an entire people group highly interested in bombing my country.

Jesus wants us to have a new reaction to our enemies.  He understands how hard that would be.  He died a tortuous death, after all.  Nevertheless, His teachings on loving our enemy is still worth practicing.

From Matthew 5:

43-47 “You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’  I’m challenging that.  I’m telling you to love your enemies.  Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst.  When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves.  This is what God does.  He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty.  If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus?  Anybody can do that.  If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal?  Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that.”

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If we DO end up going to tickle war with North Korea, be sure to train in the art of tickle by researching this website.  [Whoever wrote this has MASSIVE amounts of free time on their hands.  I mean, this thing is detailed.]


About Brian Swanson

Christ follower. Screw up. Stained with grace. Ruined by Jesus.
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