The Words of the Yang Family
Dr. Yang's Sermon on October 7, 2001
Chang Shik Yang
Washington Family Church Sunday Service
October 7, 2001
Dr. Chang Shik Yang, Continental Director for North America speaks at Unification Church Family Education Center, Columbia Road, Washington, DC
And now Israel, what dost the Lord thy God require of thee but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul. Deuteronomy 10:12
Good morning, everybody,
I returned from Korea yesterday. True Parents are now in Korea but they will soon go to Alaska and then return to New York. I received a report through the Internet that our dear brother Thomas Wojcik, National Messiah of Pakistan, passed to the Spirit World and that the members of the Washington, DC community on October 2, with their dedication and sincerity completed all the Seunghwa ceremonies. We know that Seunghwa has a very special meaning and that the end of physical life is just the beginning of another life. We will continue to pray for his wife and children who remain, and pray for Tom's safe passage in the Spirit World. We greet his wife Kitty who is with us this morning.
I would like to thank the Washington community for uniting, more than at any other time, centering on the Reverends Lee, Schauffler, Lykes and McCarthy, in order to conduct the Seunghwa ceremonies for our brother.
October 1 in Korea was the Chusok or the Autuum Full-Moon Festival. This is a day when Koreans return to their birthplace and visit the gravesites of their ancestors, performing ceremonies for their ancestors. The population of Korea is close to 50 million and it is estimated that some 32 million travel during that time in order to return to their hometowns. So it is one of the busiest times of the year.
True Parents, attended by 400 leaders and central members of our Church, went to the wonjuns where ceremonies were held for Dae Mo Nim and other members of the True Family and also central church members that passed into the Spirit World. The ceremony was held in the area in front of Heung Jin Nim's wonjun. The names of central members of the church were listed there, and the ceremonies were held for everyone at once. Afterwards, True Parents visited the graves of each of the central members and offered flowers at each grave.
If you go to the wonjun there is a section where Dae Mo Nim and Heung Jin Nim are buried and a little further on are the members such as President Eu and Tiger Pak and others a little higher on the hill.
Because more and more of our senior members are passing into the Spirit World the level where Tiger Pak was buried was filled up. There was a second level created below that and then a third level is a little further down from that. Of course Dr. Sung Hun Lee and Mrs. Lee are also in that section.
My mission is in America but I sometimes go to Korea for conferences and meetings and every time I go there I notice that there are one or two more senior members of our Church missing. I don't see them so I know that they have passed into the Spirit World. I receive reports by Internet, as many as four or five a month, reporting that so and so has passed into the Spirit World. Every time I receive such news I think how we must always prepare ourselves so that we are ready to go to the Spirit World at any time, without regrets. We have to live our daily lives in that way.
We become most serious when we are faced with death. In that situation, neither high power nor even riches have that much significance. Nothing that we possess bears much significance in that position. In fact, possessions can become obstacles on our path to Heaven. I think in many ways the lives of those who have denied everything, denied all their earthly possessions and just concentrated on developing their spirit have a great deal of value. Not those who try to possess things but rather those who try to deny and get rid of things, that certainly must have great value.
I think we have to realize right this moment how fortunate we are that we know the meaning of Seunghwa and that we can have the qualifications to go through the process of Seunghwa in order to go that way into Spirit World.
I was working in Seoul when I heard that Heung Jin Nim had passed in America I was very curious, very interested to see how True Parents were going to deal with this and what kind of meaning they were going to give to it. We received the report in Seoul that True Parents had directed that the place for the Seunghwa ceremony be prepared as if for a wedding! And that the flowers not be just of one color but many colors. And that everyone who attended should dress as though they were going to a wedding. We were very surprised.
Father told us that the word seunghwa was not to mark the end of a person's life but rather marks the beginning of a person's new life in a new world. In particular, Heung Jin Nim's passing became the opportunity for True Parents to take away the obstacles that were blocking the way between the earthly world and the spiritual world so that from that point on, all blessed couples could go into the spirit world through the process of Seunghwa.
All religions have their particular traditions in terms of funeral ceremonies but I don't think there is any group has anything so beautiful as the Seunghwa ceremony that we perform. Don't you think so?
At the ceremony in front of the wonjun this time, first there was the bowing and the assemblies following that and then afterwards True Parents held a singing contest in front of the graves! People from all over the world sang songs, one at a time. Have you ever heard of a singing contest in front of someone's grave?
True Parents explained to us again that there is no dividing line between the spiritual world and physical world or between physical death and life. So please be reassured again that we have this very beautiful path that we can follow. Our brother Tom is separated from us physically now but spiritually he is always with us. Please have courage always so that he may continue on that path.
I sometimes visit the grave of Tiger Pak and I feel that every time I am there that because he loved America and because I worked under him before he came to America, that every time I visit that grave he is coming to me spiritually and that he takes my hand. I really feel his love for America when I am there. I also visited the grave of Dr. Young Oon Kim this time and I felt the same way there.
Let us have confidence that the ancestors who have been liberated and blessed are with us and working with us and that with their help we can accomplish everything.
Today the title of my sermon is:
Fear the Lord Jehovah
Rev. Daugherty just mentioned during the musical that we cannot help but think of the significance of the tragic events that occurred on September 11. About 7,000 young people from all over the world were suddenly killed at that moment. When that incident occurred, some of us were at 43rd St. Headquarters Building planning for the Blessing of September 22. True Parents would come 8 days later, but 7 days before they would come the entire country was in confusion. No one knew what to do.
I'm sure you all saw on the television the film of the World Trade Centers collapsing. Every time I saw that I thought to myself that anything that man builds is not eternal, not so strong. Just think of the thousands of lives being taken away at that moment. From the moment of that incident until the moment that the postponement of the Blessing was decided we were extremely busy, day and night.
I immediately reported the situation to True Parents in Alaska. At that time True Parents were holding Hoon Dok Hae. Rev. Peter Kim passed a memo to True Parents. For the following three days True Parents did not join the members there for Hoon Dok Hae. Instead, for those three days Father remained by himself and prayed. He did not appear at all. I heard through a report later that True Parents were experiencing a deep heart of sorrow for America and for the people who were involved in the incident.
The ministers of ACLC went to Ground Zero that evening. Bishop Dan Johnson, Bishop Stallings, Rev. Michael Jenkins, Rev. Levy Daugherty and others, the central ministers of ACLC and the ones already named, went to pray for the people who had been taken from us and also to help the people who were there. The City of New York issued special Ids to the members of the clergy so that they could go into areas that were not otherwise accessible, in order to perform their functions as clergy.
Because this was the World Trade Center, many countries were involved. Some reports said 60 countries, others said 80. I heard that 206 people from Columbia were killed and 96 were killed from Saudi Arabia. And that more than 500 Arabic people were killed. Some people looking at this externally might say that it represents some conflict between the United States and the Arab world but there is much larger significance. I would like to think with you today about how we are to understand this incident, as people who are studying the Will of God and are trying to accomplish the Will of God in our lives. Of course, I think the most accurate answer would have to come from True Parents themselves.
We are all American citizens but we know the ideology, the philosophy that we are living by transcends America and encompasses the entire world. I think we must look at this from a more universal perspective and learn from this and think of how we must live our lives in America. I think we can look at this incident from two aspects: One is the external, political point of view. I don't think I need to go into this here today. This is something that a lot of political commentators from around the world have been discussing at length.
One thing I want to say very simply is that this is a challenge to Pax America, America's position of influence in the world. For people who are born in America, raised in America and have lived only in America, it is very easy for such people to look at this only from the point of view of the United States. But I think in order to look at this incident more accurately we must transcend America and look at what is going on between America and the Middle East from a point of view that is 10,000 or 50,000 feet above, so that we can look at it from a very high point.
Why did this kind of incident occur after the end of the Cold War? During the Cold War I dealt with many leftist students and debated with them about their anti-American philosophies and through that experience I have a little bit of understanding of the philosophy of those who are opposed to the United States. The anti-Americanism in the Islamic area, the Islamic extremism, is much stronger than I experienced in Korea. I think that one aspect, the internal aspect, the root of this incident, lies in the conflict between the United States as it tries to save Israel and the conflict in the Arab world against Palestine. The roots of that is in the Palestinian problem.
The Islamic fundamentals, the Islamic extremists, look at the United States and Israel as one. I believe that their thought was to strike the World Trade Center which gives economic aid to Israel and strike the Pentagon which gives military aid to Israel. So we must think that even though externally it appears to be a political accident, it has its roots in religious ideas.
Samuel Huntington who wrote The Clash of Civilizations has come out after the incident saying that this is not the kind of clash of civilization that he was thinking about in his book. But it is, in a certain sense, representing a conflict between the Christian sphere and the Islamic sphere. Another source of anti-Americanism in the Islamic world is the fact that for the last 11 years after the Cold War, America has had soldiers in Saudi Arabia, which is a country that has two of the three holiest places of Islam, that is Mecca and Medina.
About two years ago, Osama bin Laden said in an interview that in the 21st century there will be inevitable conflict between the Christian civilization and the Islamic civilization. In particular, after Sharon Perez became Prime Minister of Israel the conflict over the Palestinian problem has become worse. Sharon Perez, of course, was a key figure in the Israeli invasion in Lebanon in 1983, etc., so from the Islamic extremists' point of view is an enemy that cannot be forgiven.
An Arabian newspaper published in Saudi Arabia asked the following question: Why do Arabic terrorists conduct such crazy, barbaric activities? Because the United States and Israel have made Arabians go mad, crazy mad. It has been 50 years since the United States and Israel chased the Palestinians out of their land and 33 years since the Six-day War, in which they occupied the occupied territories. These actions have made the terrorists crazy
I went several times to Ground Zero to pray through the night. I cannot describe to you how painful it was to stand there and smell burned bodies and pray. I also prayed at the temporary morgue of sorts where the recovered bodies, and mostly body-parts, were placed.
What is the meaning of this death? What is the meaning of this great massacre? Who did this? Was it bin Laden? I don't think so. Bin Laden cannot be the chief instrument of Satan in this instance. There must be someone behind bin Laden. Someone has hired him, If we go all the way back, it is Satan or the remnants of Satan, not Satan himself. There are 19 remnants of Satan and those 19 have brought this incredible situation.
True Parents hate terrorism. Terrorism itself is an ideology and an ideology is spiritual.
Behind this there is some spiritual force. The terrorists are the tools of this force. They are tools of the Devil. So if those tools are eliminated will that spirit be eliminated? No, it won't. It will still be there.
One leader in the Arab world said: "Don't be angry that the World Trade Center has been destroyed. Don't you realize that one and a half million innocent civilians in Lebanon have been killed and the beautiful land of Lebanon has been destroyed."
There are 7.5 million refugees in Afghanistan and they are on the verge of death.
Iraq right now is completely sealed off except for a land connection to Jordan.
I really respect President Bush for the great leadership which he has exhibited following this incident. In the beginning he said that he is going to wipe out all the countries that supported terrorism and all the terrorists in the world through military force. But later, by waiting patiently, he narrowed the target to those who were actually responsible. On the other hand, he is committing hundreds of millions of dollars to help the refugees in Afghanistan. I think it is very wise of the President that he is waiting and that he is bringing the UN into this so that the United Nations can take the lead in getting rid of terrorists in the world and not the United States alone.
Let's give a hand to the President of the United States for his wisdom and courage in his leadership. [everyone applauds)
Perhaps we can talk more about the external and political implications at some later time and occasion. Maybe we could ask Bill Gertz to speak since he can give a more accurate report on the subject.
Right now, I would like to go on to the internal aspects and how we are to understand this from a providential point of view. That is our mission and our responsibility. We have heard that human history is the history of struggle between good and evil. As I just mentioned, after the incident I went to the Ground Zero and prayed. For a period of time I could not understand what was going on. I struggled very much to understand the significance of it all -- these tall and beautiful buildings which had suddenly collapsed and become ground zero. And what was the significance and meaning of the cries of the many people who were killed instantly.
I met many volunteers working, some of them experiencing grief because their own relatives, friends or colleagues had just died there. All the firehouses in New York and New Jersey have photographs displayed of their compatriots that died there. And all the churches in the area have members or relatives of members that died there. There has been an ongoing funeral atmosphere in New York and New Jersey.
Where did the first act of terrorism take place in human history? Who was the first terrorist in human history? Cain! Cain is the beginning of terrorism. Who planted the seed of terrorism in Cain? Adam and Eve. Cain was controlled by the evil spirit through the Archangel and through the fall of Adam and Eve.
All human beings are the descendants of Adam and Eve, the fallen Adam and Eve. Two-thousand biblical years after Adam and Eve, Isaac and Ismael came in the Cain and Abel positions of that period. We know about the conflict between Isaac and Ismael through the record in the Bible. And we can trace the conflict between Judeo-Christianity and Islam by going back to this conflict between these two sons of Abraham, Isaac and Ishmael, born to two different women.
We can learn from this the role of the woman, the woman who is in the position of mother.
Eve, in the Garden of Eden, was supposed to procreate the seed of God, but by falling with the Archangel, eventually Eve brought about the fall of Adam. And Cain was the son who came from that lineage. Eve did not perform her responsibility to become true parents together with Adam and have children who were to be princes and princesses of God.
Abraham's wife was Sarah. We see in the Bible that before Abraham had Isaac through Sarah, he first had Ishmael through a maidservant. Sarah kicked out Ishmael's mother Hagar. Sarah was not able to stand in a position to love Hagar and Ishmael because Hagar had actually performed the function of wife and mother before Sarah was able to. She should have been able to love Hagar.
God promised to protect Hagar and Ishmael after they were kicked out. But the envy and jealousy of one woman and the conflict between these two women eventually brought about the situation where the two sons were in conflict with each other. This was another example of failure between mother and son cooperation. It wasn't until the situation between Esau and Jacob, when Rebecca, their mother, helped Jacob regain the birthright from Esau. That was the first example of where we see a successful cooperation between mother and son.
So then where is the beginning, the origin of America? The satanic world knows about this very well. As the Arab extremists say: The root of Israel and America is the same. In terms of mission, they are one. The Jews were the first Israel and the United States of America is the second Israel. It is responsible to restore through indemnity the failure of the first Israel. In his recent 50-State tour, Father emphasized that the United States is the Elder Son nation. It is the Second Israel.
After Jesus' death on the cross God prepared Christianity as the realm of the Second Israel. This year the 50-State tour was conducted and before that, the January 13 Coronation Ceremony of God's Kingship was held, and Father said for the first time that this realm now is represented by a specific nation, that is, the United States of America. Even before that actually, in May of last year when Father established the ACLC and the 120 ministers were named to represent the 120 elders that should have become one with Jesus, Father told them this. And standing in the position of Bridegroom, Father gave gold watches to each of those ministers. He told them it was their mission to become one with True Parents and that they should accomplish the mission of Second Israel.
Father has come as the responsible person, in the position of the True Parent, for the Third Israel. So the failure of the first Israel must be restore through indemnity by the second Israel. And we can see the answer to that in two incidences. The first is the path of Adam and the second is in the path of Jacob. Abel is being restored in the Elder Son position and Jacob is being restored into the Elder Son position. That spirit must be the spirit of America.
Israel is a country of 3 million people and they are surrounded by 150 million Arabs. Without the support of the United States it would be impossible for Israel to maintain its existence. And providentially speaking, America must protect and support Israel. Providentially, the first Israel and the second Israel cannot be divided. And likewise, the second Israel and the third Israel cannot be cut off.
Originally, the United States should have gone to Korea, but instead, Father came to the United States in 1971. The original connection should have been made during the 3-year period from the beginning of 1945; that wasn't done so in order to indemnity and restore that, Father came to the United States in 1971. The purpose for doing that was to connect the second Israel to the third Israel.
How did Jacob become the ancestor of Israel? Jacob was able to subjugate Esau. His 12 children then became the original people of Israel. Esau represented the position of Cain and even beyond that, the position of Satan. So how did Jacob subjugate Esau? For 21 years Jacob lived for others. Who helped Jacob do that? His mother Rebecca.
Before leaving New York for Korea this time, Father spoke to Mrs. Erikawa the following words: Father has recently emphasized two projects over others: one is the work of the IRFWP, centering on the United Nations, and the other is the work of the Japanese missionaries to the United States. If the Japanese missionaries had come to the United States and worked as Father had directed, this September incident would not have occurred. Japan is in the mother position. There needs to be unity between the mother nation and the elder son nation, in a spiritual sense.
From the providential point of view Japan as the mother country and the United States, the elder son nation, must become one centering on Korea, the father country. The elder son has two primary responsibilities:
1) To attend the Parents;
2) To look after brothers and sisters.
The conflict between Christianity and Islam right now is a sibling conflict. The conflict between Ishmael and Isaac is a sibling conflict. Then who can stop the conflict between brothers? It won't stop until the Parents come and stop it.
The reason that Father spent 3 days in meditation and prayer and did not appear or speak at all, was because he was feeling responsibility as a parent, So the first responsibility of the elder son is to attend the parents. The second is to look after the brothers and sisters. In Korean tradition, the position of the elder son is an extremely important one. The elder son inherits the property of the parents. The elder son lives in the house that the parents lived in. All the other brothers and sisters go and live somewhere else once they marry.
The elder son once a year is responsible to hold a ceremony commemorating the day the parents died. So the elder son represents the parents and stands in the position of the parents. At least half the property is inherited by the elder son. Then the responsibility of the elder son is to look after and take care of the younger brothers and sisters. The blessing which the parents pass to the elder son is not for the elder son himself but so that he can take care of his younger siblings.
The United States is a young country, with a history of only 225 years. But this country didn't just suddenly appear out of nowhere. God gathered all the blessings from all around the world -- technology, culture, and all the ideas from around the world are concentrated here. That is how this country called the United States was created. The United States does not exist only for its own purpose. In the 50-State speaking tour, Father asked the question: "Who is the owner of America? Who is the master of America?" White people? No. Black people? No. Father said this country was created to serve the purpose of God and therefore this country belongs to whoever loves it as God loves it. And he concluded that God's blessings to America were not given only for the purpose of America so that Americans themselves could enjoy them, but rather they were given to America so that they could be shared with the entire world.
Right now, the United States is overflowing with prosperity. Politically, economically, the United States is truly the lone superpower of the world. When President Bush was inaugurated and began to carry out a very aggressive foreign policy, I was a bit concerned. The world cannot be controlled through military or economic power. Throughout history, any country that tried to control the world through power was quickly wiped off the map. We see in history that anyone who tries to control the world through strength, brute strength doesn't last very long.
The United States has many missions that it must accomplish. It has to work for other nations of the world; it has to revive the United Nations and it must act as a policeman in the world. There are many problems that the United States has to deal with. But the important thing is for the United States to ask itself, "How is it going to stand in the position of true parents to the world?" America is the oldest brother and as the oldest brother it is the strongest of all the siblings but it cannot just beat on the other siblings all the time; but rather it has to think how it is going to help the other siblings and how it is going to live for the sake of the other siblings.
Father was very concerned immediately after September 11 when President Bush sounded as though he was going to start bombing right away. Father knew he should not be in such a hurry, that bombing would not solve anything because the enemy is not someplace outside; it is not in Iran and Iraq. There are 3 million Arabs here in the United States; they cannot be turned into enemies. We know that on September 11, after the incident, there were certain Arabs in New Jersey that went out and cheered when this happened! So both the enemies and the allies are here in the United States.
Father said the UN must take the lead in this. And fortunately the President is going this way. It is a very wise decision. We must still be concerned as to how this situation is going to be resolved ultimately. Father has often said that we must move not as one nation under God but rather as one world under God. Not just God Bless America, but God Bless the World.
The significance of God's blessing can be universalized to encompass the entire world. Father has, therefore, created the IIFWP and this is a report on the Convocation of World Leaders and the Dialogue among Civilizations that was held earlier this year. So it is very important that we work for harmony and unity, across the ethnic, racial, religious and international lines.
I would like to conclude with a few words that Father has spoken. The United States is now on the cross, just as Jesus was on the cross 2,000 years ago. The important thing now is how is the United States going to deal with its enemy? How is it going to conquer its enemy as it hangs on the cross? As Jesus hung on the cross, he prayed to God, that God would forgive those who put him on the cross and those that had pierced him with spears, "Because," he said, "they don't know what they are doing."
The word peace could not be used under the circumstances after the incident. It is very difficult for people to speak in terms of love and forgiveness. But we must not forgive evil; we must get rid of evil, even if we have to use bombs in order to do so. But we must love the evil people and give them life. Evil people are being used by evil spirits. And right now, centering on President Bush, evil people are being put more and more into a corner. They are moving into a very difficult situation. They are being given the opportunity to surrender. Several times they have been given an opportunity. In the end evil will not be able to fight back anymore. In the end, a forceful attack can be launched against evil, not against evil people but against evil itself.
Father has spoken a great deal about strengthening the United Nations and using the United Nations. The UN must be able to fulfill its function to establish and keep peace in the world today.
Father considers the people who died in this incident to be living offerings, offerings for the world. We should pray that these offerings, the first in the 21st century, can be offerings for the sake of establishing a New World of Peace. Father has said that the clergy, in particular, must stand in the forefront to establish peace in the world. That is why Father donated the Blessing Fund this time. It is for the purpose of establishing harmony between Christianity and Islam.
I believe that these 7,000 people who became offerings will have died eventually for the sake of establishing a new world of peace in the 21st century. Let us pray, as Americans, that this incident will be an opportunity for us to establish a world of peace for eternity. Those two buildings were, in a sense, the highest accomplishment of humankind. In a sense they were the pride of all humanity, but in another sense they represented the fallen pride of humanity. In some way, they may have symbolized the Tower of Babel, that is, in terms of the pride that humanity had before God. There were two; they were divided. But everything has collapsed down to ground zero. Now, from that point, from that origin, we must create a new building, one building. And the foundation of the new building must be harmony and unity.
Mrs. Young Soon Kim, who has been receiving many messages from Spirit World, put a question to Father. She can see Satan spiritually. And she receives attacks from Satan quite often. Mrs. Hyo Nam Kim also. We cannot imagine how many times they have been attacked and disturbed by Satan in the process of bringing Spirit World messages to the Earth. In Han Nam Dong Mrs. Y. S. Kim suddenly asked Father the question: "How can we gain victory over Satan?" Father didn't hesitate a second but answered immediately: "By doing that which Satan cannot do, which is to love. Only love can overcome Satan. This is how we win victory over Satan."
So how can we overcome the extremists who are filled with evil? Can we do it by killing bin Laden? If we do that, there will be 10 more just like him. And if we kill those 10, there will be a thousand just like him. Evil cannot be defeated through evil. Only goodness can defeat evil. We must defeat evil with love. That is the answer we have from Heaven.
Terrorism is our enemy. Terrorists must be made to repent. They must be given life. They are like the thief on the left at the time of Jesus' crucifixion. They don't know what they are doing. They are only the tools of Satan
THE UNITED STATES MUST NOW STAND IN THE POSITION OF HAVING THE HEART OF THE PARENT, BEING ABLE TO ENCOMPASS THE ENTIRE WORLD AS THE ELDER SON, STANDING IN THE POSITION AS THE FATHER AND MOTHER.
Kamsahamnida. Thank you.
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