South Koeans Turn Against Missionaries

In an amazing twist to the story of Korean missionaries captured by the Taliban, there is increasing evidence many Koreans are sick and tired of missionaries. Protestants came to Korea in the 20th century and have proceeded on a dramatic rise in number of converts. For some Koreans, however, they represent a foreign intrusion into their society. A Korean was quoted as saying about the missionaries: “Yes, let’s pray for the hostages’ safe return only to see these missionaries kneel down and apologize to the people for their arrogance.”

American missionaries in the 19th and early 20th centuries impacted the people of Asia, but, except for Korea, they never really made a serious dent in the population. Apparently, many Koreans still have not gotten over the missionary impulse.