President Trump has been tasked with settling the defining issue of our generation. The weight of that decision is a significant burden to carry.
President Trump’s evangelical advisor, Pastor Robert Jeffress, explains that God has granted our commander-in-chief the authority to eliminate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. “God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong-un. I’m heartened to see that our president–contrary to what we’ve seen with past administrations who have taken, at best, a sheepish stance toward dictators and oppressors–will not tolerate any threat against the American people,” the pastor said, according to Newsmax.
He added, “When President Trump draws a red line, he will not erase it, move it, or back away from it. Thank God for a president who is serious about protecting our country.”
While President Trump has the authority to take out rogue communist Kim Jong-un, there is little hope of a positive outcome from this potential turn of events.
North Korea has been allowed to develop their nuclear weapons thanks to a favorable deal negotiated by then-President Bill Clinton, with the help of former-President Jimmy Carter, in 1994. Clinton embraced the agreement as “an end to the threat of nuclear proliferation on the Korean Peninsula” according to The New York Post.
Clearly, the deal did not go as envisioned. Instead, North Korea was offered approximately $5 billion to pursue alternatives to nuclear energy in exchange for allowing international inspectors to assess their nuclear facilities. However, the deal allowed North Korea to maintain their nuclear fuel rods capable of producing a small nuclear arsenal.
Within two years of signing the agreement, North Korea was testing ballistic missiles. By 2006 their nuclear program was kicked back into full swing. Despite this, Jimmy Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in negotiating the deal – making him one of many dubiously-deserving Democrats to be handed the prestigious award.
Tensions have reached a boiling point as President Trump and communist dictator Kim Jong-un exchange threats. Kim Jong-un promised that he would “make the US pay thousands-fold” after President Trump negotiated further sanctions against the rogue nation, cutting off one-third of their export potential.
President Trump responded to Kim’s threat, saying, “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,” or else “they will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen,” paraphrasing Isaiah 65:15.
Pastor Jeffress mentioned in his statement that, as made clear in the book of Romans, “God has endowed rulers full power to use whatever means necessary — including war — to stop evil,” as reported by Newsmax.
Unfortunately, the strategy of appeasement employed by previous administrations has allowed North Korea to develop their nuclear capabilities preventing a peaceful solution to the problem. Any action taken by President Trump has a high likelihood of ending in a humanitarian crisis.
North Korea has, so far, shown no indication they will back down peacefully. Kim Jong-un has proven he does not care if his people are starving, and that he will continue to pursue miniaturized nuclear weapons regardless of the cost.
One option being publicly discussed is a surgical strike completely severing the head of the North Korean leadership from the rest of the nation’s governmental and military apparatuses. Yet if this strike is not perfectly deployed, it would grant Kim Jong-un the chance to launch a final retaliatory nuclear weapon at Japan, South Korea, or even the continental United States.
Even if the plan is perfectly executed, it would likely result in the displacement of millions of Koreans.