Praying to "save the nation"
|Seeing images like this from Korea makes me feel uneasy about formally having the same faith as these people. As I'm in practice a typical non-practicing non-believing Euro Lutheran Protestant member of a state church, I'm not having troubles of conscience, but after the both of my two longer stints in Korea I was determined to denounce my church membership. Very few of Korean protestants are Lutherans, but I was still not comfortable belonging to this category of kidokkyo, meaning formally "Christian" but in practice "Protestant." (Especially the narrow-mindedness of some kidokkyo-people, going as far as burning temples, is disgusting.) Have I resigned from the church membership? No, the weight of tradition and habit is not that easy to get rid of...
This photograph is from a Hankyoreh article on a prayer meeting held by The Christian Council of Korea (한국기독교총연합회). The title of the meeting was Kuguk kidohoe, "Prayer meeting to save the nation"; this kuguk (救國) is familiar also from earlier citizens' movements, when it was used for example in anti-authoritarian proclamations. Seems that there's a bit of the same idea behind this prayer meeting, "saving the nation from its leaders."