Truth is My Sword, Volume II
by Bo Hi Pak
Chapter 19 Father Trusts Us
Tarrytown, New York
July 10, 1977
Drawing on his own experience, Dr. Pak explains how God is always preparing us for future missions and candidly shares about his first meeting with Father and the Unification Church.
Good morning. How are you this morning? You look great. Father, I am ready to translate. Father is here [in spirit]. Father is here with us. All I have to do is translate for invisible Father standing right here speaking to us. I still feel very strange when I stand in front of you all by myself. It doesn't feel real. Almost I feel that it is so unreal without Father.
It is a beautiful morning. We gather together every Sunday morning here at Belvedere for 5 a.m. service, ready to be with Father and pray. It is such an inspiring thing to hear your singing voices. This is truly heaven. That inspires me more than anything else. The Unification Church has many, many special features, special traditions and so forth. But as far as my experience goes, I have discovered that Father is working strongly in our movement through the singing of the Unification Church members. I am not just talking about singing here in America and at Belvedere.
I will tell you a little bit of my testimony. Back in 1957 when I first came to the movement, I was a military officer with the rank of major serving as an aide-de-camp to a U.S. general, Major General Hamilton House. He was head of all the U.S. military advisory groups in Korea. He was advising the entire Korean army, and I was handpicked by him to be his assistant, like I am now a special assistant to Reverend Moon. You see, Heavenly Father is always preparing you. Many years before you even imagine, he puts us in the position to prepare and be ready for future missions. Now I realize Heavenly Father had a reason to put me there as an aide-decamp to the U.S. general. My primary job at that time was to translate for him from English into Korean and vice versa. Translating Father's words is an extremely difficult task. I am sure you are very sympathetic.
An Impossible Task
Father speaks in depth, always giving a profound message. It is virtually impossible to convey 100 percent of Father's meaning in such a short time. It may take a millennium to explain even one sentence Father speaks. So how could a poor interpreter come out and say exactly what Father's spirit is? How can it be translated? From the very beginning I knew it was virtually an impossible task to be a translator to Father. So I prayed to God to help me fulfill my mission. It is not a job for a technician or a professional translator. There are a great many professional Korean translators, English translators, and all kinds of translators at the United Nations. I don't think any one of those can do the job of translating for Father because it is virtually impossible to convey Father's message absolutely correctly.
So I pray to God. God, let me translate in faith. I am desperately trying to somehow bring Father's spirit to you. Sometimes I make great blunders, errors, and many mistakes. But I feel as long as the spirit is right, as long as I can be truly in Father's spirit, then I can translate. You do not really listen to what I say. Actually you are listening to the spirit itself. Some member told me during Father's crusade, "You know, after one hour, I forget I am listening to an interpreter." I felt that was the greatest compliment.
Anyway, to go back to that U.S. general. Translating from English to Korean is equally difficult. Particularly you American people have a terrible language. I always thought Korean was terrible, but English is equally terrible and difficult. And you American people use a lot of slang and colloquialisms. Even today, I cannot understand many of the jokes that Americans tell. But this particular American general in Korea always wanted to tell jokes when speaking at big gatherings of Korean generals. He wanted to see the people laugh, to relax the mood and break the ice. That is a good American way of delivery. You want to establish rapport. But translating jokes is so difficult -- boy, that kills me. That really kills me.
The general would stand up and tell a joke. I would be sweating and listening and trying to catch every word, every meaning so I can translate, so everybody can laugh and enjoy the joke. I desperately tried to hear. Sometimes it worked. Good, yes, I understood. Sometimes it didn't work. When the general started to tell an American joke, in a second I knew if I could translate it or not. Sometimes I was just full of blanks. I caught every word of it, but ... no meaning. It is not funny at all. Supposedly it is a most funny American joke, but it certainly is not funny at all in Korean.
Please Laugh For Me
One time when I was translating for the general, he spoke some words in good American English. Then he was looking at me, "Go ahead, translate." But his words had no meaning for me. I stepped forward, and I had to say something. The general said something, so I had to say something, but I didn't know what to say. So I just honestly confessed, speaking in Korean, "Ladies and gentlemen, you know the American general was trying to entertain you and spoke what is supposed to be a most wonderful American joke. It must be a very funny one, but it is so funny that even I do not understand it. But I do know that it is a very good American joke, a very funny one, so could you kindly do me a favor and laugh at the joke?"
That was really funny. The roar of laugher really brought the roof down. The only puzzled person was the general. Later he said, "Boy, I spoke five minutes. It took me a good five minutes to tell that joke. Your language must be wonderful, fantastic. You translated in 30 seconds and everybody laughed." Well, I confessed to the general what I had done. He said, "Well, that is OK, Bo Hi. At least your joke is better than mine."
This morning we have two television sets here. Some people might think Father is going to speak through the television. The answer is yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. We have a wonderful program for you. I want to make my testimony brief so that Father can speak to you directly through the television. How would you like that? Great, isn't it?
After all, why did God give television to America? Why did God give television to the world? God gave this modern communication technology for the sake of God. When you read the Bible, you learn that in the Last Days the word of God will flash like lightning from East to West. The entire world will know and hear about the coming of the Lord. That was the prediction.
But do you know that today our world is much smaller than an ancient village? I was living in a village back in the countryside of Korea. Let's say some important person died in that village or something happened. It sometimes would take a day for the news to travel around the village. But nowadays, with modern technology, when something happens, such as when John F Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, in a flash the whole world knew about it. It is an amazing world. The world is so small. Now, anything Reverend Sun Myung Moon does, he raises his voice or lifts up his arms, becomes news. In Korea, sometimes they know certain things faster than you do. What an amazing world.
But why did God give us these modern technologies? Because when the time comes when absolute truth is revealed to us, God wants to use this technology for His purpose. Not Satan's purpose. To give the world the Word of Life, so everyone can come to live in the sight of God for eternity. That is the purpose. Unfortunately, those same modern technologies are utilized by Satan as well, and television today is doing a great deal of damage, spreading immorality and violence, all kinds of things. Satanic images are being transmitted through the television tube. One nickname for a television is "one-eyed monster."
Use the Media for God
But we are going to change all that. We are going to use the television media and all other modern communication media to transmit Heavenly Father's truth to the world. We are gradually coming close to doing that. Father predicted that this year, 1977, we will begin that crusade. So the first program you are going to view today is one prepared to be telecast to the nation.
Through this program the world can see Father, Mother, the first family of heaven, and, most important, they can hear Father directly. This is the first experiment. The title of this program is "Reverend Moon in America," which primarily features the Washington Monument rally, September 18, 1976. But far more than that, this one-hour program is prepared to show Father's work and his entire life all over America. You are the first group of Unification Church members to see it. Even Father hasn't seen it. So, tonight, we are going to put everything in the car and drive to Boston to show Father. The reason we want you to see this program first is so I can bring to Father not only the program, but your enthusiasm. That is the purpose. So we will view it shortly. But first, I would like to spend an extra few moments to share with you some of my inspiration.
As I said at the outset of this talk, the singing of the Unification Church has a special meaning. When I joined in 1957, there was only a small group of Unification members. One person I met when I first came in the church was Mr. David Kim. He was there with a handful of the early pioneering group of the Unification Church. Don't you think he deserves a big hand? Think of it. Our church was only a small cubbyhole, a shack-type church. Really pioneering. But there in that shack they were talking about the unification of the world, one ideology under one God, all people as one family under one Father. Amazing
But the main point I want to make is this. I listened to the Divine Principle two nights. I was a military officer, but some beautiful young lady invited me to listen to a very important talk. She didn't tell me anything about Reverend Moon or the Unification Church. She didn't even tell me anything about religion or Christianity. She just said it is a wonderful and most attractive and interesting talk. Won't you come? Well, certainly I couldn't reject an invitation from a beautiful young lady.
But then in two days a whole new world came before me. I was a quite healthy, young, hopefully good-looking officer, strong, very proud. A major of the Republic of Korea Army, serving a U.S. general. I was a very proud person, a very strong, healthy person. I listened to the first night's lecture. It was tremendous. I was really bubbling with enthusiasm. This is something very extraordinary. Very special. So I promised I would come the next night at 7:00. And now I understand how Satan worked. All of a sudden from 5:30 on, I had a fever, I was dizzy, I couldn't get up. Amazing. I had never in my life had this experience. I was totally sick. I wanted to call the lecturer to say that I was sick and could not come to the lecture tonight, that we must postpone it. The good thing was that in Korea at that time there were not many telephones. I was lying down in my bed, and I looked at my watch, and it was 8 o'clock. In my mind I saw an empty room, a cold, wintry, February room. The person was waiting just for me, because this is not a group lecture. It is just one person to one person. That is the way we did. One person to one person.
I knew that the lady was waiting for me. The sole purpose was to teach me and I was not there. So at 8:00 I said to my wife, I must go. My wife was shocked. You are a sick person. How can you go? No. I cannot miss this appointment. So I just picked myself up and went to the lecture. I was dizzy, almost to the point of collapse. That two-hour lecture that night was so painful. I just don't know what I heard. I couldn't remember a thing because it was so painful. Nothing came to my mind. But I stayed. I was not going to be a coward. I didn't want to be looked at like a person who was weak.
She finally concluded. This was the Divine Principle lecture on the coming of the Lord of the Second Advent. She said, "Wonderful. You came and you listened to the whole thing." At that exact moment I discovered that all my illness was gone. I was like a brand-new person. So I stayed on for another two hours for a deep discussion. Then I told her that I wanted to go to her church and participate in the service. Normally, what would you say to a person who says, "I want to go to your church"? "Oh. please come." That would be the response. But she said, well, you don't have to be that quick. Amazing, the response was lukewarm.
I Just Couldn't Wait
But I persisted. I wanted to go. I was a Christian, but nothing was really concrete to me about Jesus, about the Bible, nothing. But the Divine Principle was different. A complete revolution was already taking place in me. I was ready to go. But she said, wait. I persisted, don't you have a service on Wednesday? She said, yes, we do, but can't you wait until next Sunday? We have a Sunday morning service so I will invite you Sunday to the morning service. I said, why not Wednesday night? That would be the next night. She said no, we have a service but you don't have to be that quick. I am not good enough to come to your church? She was embarrassed. Then she said, yes, all right, we will think about it. I will call you tomorrow morning. She didn't give me an answer.
The next morning I called her. What about tonight? She said, all right, we will meet you somewhere and then we will go to church together. I dressed in my beautiful uniform and was there on time and she appeared and we went to church together. Later, I discovered why she was so hesitant to bring me to church. She thought, this is a good-looking, proud military officer, and I don't want to give him a poor impression of the church which might discourage him. Why? At that time the church building, as our brother David Kim and myself know so well, was a shack. The church door was a small door. You have no idea. There was no big sign saying Unification Church. No sign.
We went into one of those little alleys and into the church. It was February and it was very cold in Korea. Wooden floor and no heating. There was a stove in the center, but no heat. When I went in I joined a group of young people, about 20 or 30 young people just like you, except dark hair and brown eyes. Men on one side and women on the other, and they were singing.
The reason I am sharing this testimony is that their singing, just like your singing, was different from the singing of any other church. I was baptized in Fort Benning, Georgia, in 1952, during the Korean War. I had come to America in 1952 without speaking one word of English, but I was deeply impressed by the Christianity of this country. Also during the war I had many experiences of narrowly escaping death, and I wanted to join some kind of religion. I was desperate to hold on to some kind of religion. I wanted to become a good Christian and I was baptized in the Church of Christ in Columbus, Georgia. Thereafter, I visited many, many churches.
I heard many hymns, but nothing like the hymns I heard that Wednesday night. There was no piano, no organ, nothing. Just one leader leading and singing. Everyone was singing from their heart. The voices were coming from way down in the human soul.
That experience shook me, cleansed me. That is the Unification Church. That is our tradition. So when I hear your singing, it always brings me back to the memory of that Wednesday night. After almost 20 years, our tradition is just the same. Instead of a wooden floor, we are sitting on a concrete floor. We have a good brother playing the piano. We have a PA system. But not that much has changed. Our tradition is still the same. You are singing from your soul, from the bottom of your heart.
A Humble Man
That is the way I became a member of the Unification Church. I was totally cleansed the first night. Amazingly enough, I thought I was waiting for the leader of the church. I expected that he would come out in a very dignified manner and deliver a sermon, and then all would rise up and have a prayer. I thought some person in a robe would come out and deliver the sermon. But actually, a young man, just like you, came out and gave a testimony that night. I don't remember too much about the testimony. But what I remember most vividly was, at the end of the service, another humble man stood up, no tie, no good suit or anything like that. He was very humble, wearing a military surplus-type jacket and humble trousers, holding the Bible. He had been sitting right next to me. We had sung together and prayed together and listened to the sermon together.
That person all of a sudden stood up and came to the front and began to speak. And I was totally amazed at his power and dignity and conviction. Who was that? Father. That was Father. I didn't even know, while he was speaking, who he was. But I was so impressed, so deeply touched by his conviction and power and authority and dignity. And, of course, I had no idea I would become his interpreter a few years later. But that was Father. That is the way I met Father. He was sitting on the same floor with me, worshiping together on the cold floor. He is the one who is now shaping the world.
Today, the subject of my talk is "Father Trusts Us." You know, trust is something that nobody can give you. Trust is something that we must earn. Trust takes time to earn. "In God We Trust," you say in America. It is easy to say, but difficult to live up to. Same thing in the Unification Church. You want to be a trusted member. Trusted by your colleagues, brothers and sisters. Trusted by your leaders. Trusted by True Parents. And ultimately you want to be trusted by God.
But this is something we must earn. Trust is not given to you. Now, today, I would like to take a few moments to explain why this month of July in 1977 is a most important time. I feel that while Father and Mother are away from New York in Boston is a testing period for all of us. Actually, God and True Parents are testing how trustworthy and mature we are. Therefore, we want to earn grade "A" marks. We want to be straight "A" students in this test in this summer of 1977. This is the task and challenge ahead of us this month.
When you look at the history of the Bible, there are many times that important prophets of God wanted to trust their disciples, leave them to do the job while they went away somewhere to do something else for some providential reason. I want to cite two prominent instances in the Bible. The first we can remember without any difficulty is the time of Moses. Moses entrusted the people to Aaron while he went up to the mountain in the wilderness for 40 days. During that time Moses was concentrating on praying to God, and he received the Ten Commandments. It took him 40 days to go up the mountain, communicate personally with God, receive the Tablets, and be ready to come down and spread the word of God to his own people on the way to the land of Canaan. Moses had already shown his people tremendous miracles. They had seen over and over again how God was working strongly with Moses. Moses truly represented God. He performed miracles that only God can perform, such as parting the Red Sea so the people could escape the Egyptian army. There was the pillar of fire during the night and pillar of cloud during the day, the plagues God used to torment the Pharaoh and all the Egyptians, tremendous miracles one after the other. The Israelites were eyewitnesses and could not miss the power of God.
Then Moses left for 40 days and went up the mountain. I would like to read from Exodus 32:1 what happened at that time.
When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered themselves together to Aaron, and said to him, "Up, make us gods, who shall go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him." And Aaron said to them, "Take off the rings of gold which are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me." So all the people took off the rings of gold which were in their ears, and brought them to Aaron. And he received the gold at their hand, and fashioned it with an engraving tool, and made a molten calf, and they said, "These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!"
Throughout history, over and over, the Bible describes how deceitful the human heart is. How unreliable. Jeremiah 17:9 says "the human heart is deceitful above all things." For this reason we are far inferior to nature. In nature there is no deceit, but man is the only creature who can tell a lie, who can change and betray. Nature doesn't. Animals do not lie. But think of it. The Jewish people saw so many great and wonderful things happen through Moses, but all of a sudden they doubted by saying "we don't know what has become of him." So they thought they needed another god. They asked Aaron to make another god to lead them to the land of Canaan.
Be Careful of Pragmatism
The amazing thing is that even leaders sometimes become blind. Aaron did what they asked. He did not say, didn't you see the power of God? Can't you be steadfast and faithful to God, you men of weak faith? Aaron did not scold them, but instead, directed them to make the golden calf. Very pragmatic. Today, we here in America must be very careful of these pragmatic thoughts. Many members can come up with beautiful ideas. Well, we could do it better this way. We could do this one better. That looks foolish. We don't do things that way in America. That is against our culture. And Father has said over and over, there is no such thing as American culture or Korean culture in the sight of God. We are creating a new culture, the culture of God, one unified culture.
So we are going to follow this one unified culture and unified tradition. Today, Father is away. During the summer of 1976, when we were working so hard for the Washington Monument rally, Father was primarily at sea. Many leaders had told Father, we may not have much chance to succeed in Washington. After the June 1st Yankee Stadium rally, we don't have time to prepare. We don't have money to continue campaigning. The members are tired. There are many reasons. But Father went to sea in the Atlantic Ocean. He received the heavenly Tabernacle and Father said to us, behold, you trust me. Go on. In 40 days we brought the victory of Washington.
You think you and I brought the victory. That is erroneous. Not at all. It was True Parents' faith in God, True Father's perseverance and untiring energy, and the special revelation from God he received on the ocean. That is what brought the victory of Washington Monument. We are going through this same period in 1977. From today through September 18, 1977, the one-year anniversary of Washington Monument, we are going to fulfill a miracle. If we remember that, we are not going to fail the True Parents. We are really going to show what we can do without the direct presence of Father and Mother in New York.
This is our bubbling enthusiasm. This is going to be our chance and challenge to meet Father's expectation. You know that there are many, many ex-Moonies. Some people think, how come the Unification Church has so many former members who go out and testify against you? Normally I say two things. First, it shows that no one is brainwashing Unification Church members. Second, and more important, we have a good example of an "ex-Moonie" at the time of Jesus. His name was John the Baptist. Think of it. The Gospel of John, 1:29-34, says of John the Baptist:
The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, `After me comes a man who ranks before me, for he was before me.' I myself did not know him; but for this I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel." And John bore witness, "I saw the Spirit descend as a dove from heaven, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him; but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, `He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.' And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the son of God."
I have seen, and I have borne witness that this is the son of God. No one can know him any better than this one. John the Baptist clearly stated that this is the son of God. He knew who Jesus was. But that same John the Baptist became entangled with worldly affairs. When he looked at the situation from a pragmatic way, he came to a different conclusion. Let's read Luke 7:20 in which John the Baptist has sent a man to Jesus asking the following foolish question, "Are you he who is to come, or shall we look for another?" The same John, who had already borne witness at the Jordan River that Jesus was the son of God, is now asking if Jesus is the one whom God promised to send. In that moment, he became an ex-Moonie.
Restore John the Baptist
You know, once we Unification Church members lose sight, we lose everything. To Unification Church members, the greatest of all missions is to become a John the Baptist of the 20th century. Not in the fashion of John the Baptist 2,000 years ago, but a true John the Baptist who fulfills his mission. That person can say when he is dying, glory hallelujah!
When I am translating for Father, normally the first 30 minutes is the introduction. This is the time that ignites me. Then after 30 minutes I really do not know if I am in the Father or the Father is in me. I am totally on cloud nine. That is when the real message begins to flow. I am sure sometimes you sense it. I am the first to be so inspired. Why? Because every time I feel that Father is speaking right here, the words are flowing from his mouth, I am so convinced, so full of enthusiasm, full of grace, full of blessing. The innermost part of my heart is saying, God, I thank you. I thank you that, in my lifetime, I have a chance to see him. You gave me the opportunity to testify to him. You gave me the chance to be with him and live together and speak together and eat together. My beloved brothers and sisters, it is my testimony to you that in this man of God I have seen the coming of the glory of the son of God. And he is the one 1,000 times over to be the messiah and lord. That is my testimony. Every time when I translate, that is my conclusion.
Father, you are 1,000 times more than what I expected the son of God to be. And the most wonderful blessing is that he has the power to make you and me into direct children of God also. If we follow his footsteps, follow his example, we surely will become a son or daughter of God. No question about it. You must have dignity as a son or daughter of God. You cannot shame yourself. You cannot even embarrass yourself. You are the representative of God. You are the living God walking. Father made me so. Father made you so. All the sisters, all the brothers.
You and I were very narrow-minded, very trivial, small persons. But Father, in his power, has made you and me into universal persons. We are today as big as the universe. We are breathing the universe. Everything we touch, every penny we raise, every word we speak, we are doing and speaking as a universal representative, a representative of Father's direct image. If we have that feeling, that awakening, that awareness every moment of the day, then we are all right. We are truly the sons and daughters of God. No one can take us away.
So knowing Father, knowing God should not be mental work. This is not mathematics. It should be automatic. Knowing God and knowing True Parents is a language lesson in a way. It becomes automatic. When you learn English, you learn to think in English. When you learn Korean, you must think in Korean. In the same way, all Unification members must think in "Father."
What Is Your Final Word?
When something hits you, American people automatically say, ouch. What do Japanese people say when something hits you? Hiti. And Korean people say, aya aya. That is an automatic response. But from now, when something hits you, whether it's a heavy hit or a light one, your reaction should not be to automatically say ouch or hiti or aya. Your reaction must be and should be to say Aboji-Father. Your reaction should be to say, Father. If a good or joyful thing hits you, your reaction should be, Aboji, Father. If a terrible or impossible thing hits you, your reaction should be, Aboji. Someday, who knows, maybe a bullet will hit you. Maybe a knife will hit you. Your reaction must be, Aboji. When you die, the final word you speak will be, Aboji.
But with the final word Aboji, you never die. Don't you see that? You never die. The person who can react to good or bad, painful or burdensome events with Aboji will conquer death. There is no fear anymore. That person never dies, never becomes a prey of Satan. We live that kind of life. We become a different creation. You may be an American, a Korean, a Japanese, or a European, but from today we are not American, or Korean, or Japanese, or European. There is no such thing in this congregation. I see only one people here: Children of God. Children of the True Parents. We have a new breed, a new race. They call us Moonies. All right. As long as that says what we are, that is fine. In the first century, they used the word "Christian" scornfully. They would say "Oh, he is a Christian." That was a bad word at that time. It was not a respected word. But because of the deeds of Christians, today the word Christian has become a respectable word. Today Moonie is not a respectful term. But we can say of ourselves, "I am a Moonie."
One morning I was selling the newspaper, and one person said, "You Moonie. How old are you?" So I said, immediately, "I am a 20-year-old Moonie." But in my innermost heart, I said, all right, time will tell. The time will come when you will not say Moonie in a scornful way. The most respectable term under the sun will be to be known as Moonie. That is the day we will be victorious for Father. We are going to show the world how proud we are to be Moonies. We have that conviction. Our last word is going to be Aboji. Our every reaction to joy and sorrow and pain is going to be Aboji, not ouch, not hiti, not aya. Aboji.
But it takes real training and effort. Remember, this is not just mathematics. You cannot figure it out. It has to become automatic. Anywhere you are hit, the whole body responds with Aboji. Anything you do, any word you speak -- Aboji. That is the word of the Father. You are the representative of the Father. Your whole body is an extension of the Father. So today, God and True Parents give us a chance to become real children. Real Moonies. Father wants us to prove whether we can truly say Aboji.
I am sure in this very hot summer, in this suffocating heat, that many people are lethargic, drowsy, and have a hard time carrying out their chores. Maybe in this room, some brother or sister might say, I just cannot go on. I am at the end of my rope. I simply cannot go on any further, not even one more step. I tell you, that is the time to say Aboji. That is the time to say to yourself, this is where I prove myself. When you think you are at the end of the rope, that is the moment you can prove yourself so that you can earn Father's trust.
Yes, you are at the end of your rope. Think about if someone is making a movie about you in the future. You don't want that movie to be dull or uninteresting, do you? Everybody who comes to watch will be dozing. No, you want to make an exciting movie. What makes it exciting? When you are able to say, this is not the end of the rope, this is the beginning. Then the heroic action comes. No hero is born in ordinary circumstances. A hero is born in emergency circumstances. Isn't that true? The movies always make it exciting and thrilling when the character hits the bottom of despair. Then a man can prove how faithful he is, how courageous and how unselfish. That is the moment a man can prove himself.
So you see, and Father sees, that we have tremendous persecution in America. I welcome it. Yes, after all, kingdom-building is not going to be done in one, two, or three years. It may not be done in our lifetime. But the important job we are all going to do as pioneers is to lay the cornerstone. This is the right condition to lay for posterity. We must leave behind us something people can pick up and be inspired about. That is the spirit of Aboji, in joy or in sorrow. In utmost stress, or utmost pain, you can say Aboji, and you can say Aboji as the last word of your life. Let's make ourselves that kind of Moonie today. This particular thing cannot be tested until your final moment comes. That is why preparation is so important. You have to prepare and prepare and prepare and prepare, and only prove it once.
This is like an intercontinental ballistic missile, an ICBM. America has tremendous ICBMs, but they cannot really test them. They cannot test an ICBM across Soviet Russia, because once it is tested that is the end of it. So, without testing, they must be sure it will work. By the same token, we are all ICBMs here, spiritual ICBMs. All of us are guided missiles. We have a million-pound spiritual warhead. Not for destruction, but for the construction of a new world, the Kingdom of God here on earth. But it is important to be sure the ICBM is really working. We must be tested without being exploded because that explosion comes only once in a lifetime. And that is the end of it.
So no one is sure. I am not sure myself really. Who knows? Therefore, today I must try to make sure. Go on with Aboji spirit. In pain, Aboji. In sorrow, Aboji. In joy, Aboji. Everything connected to Aboji because I am looking at things from his eyes, his point of view. I pray to God that I can explode as a heavenly ICBM when the time comes. I don't want to be a dud, a bomb that does not explode. I want to truly explode for the sake of the world and bring the Father's Kingdom here on earth.
Brothers and sisters, it is so nice to see you. Thank you very much. Let us pray.
Prayer by Bo Hi Pak:
Our most loving Heavenly Father. Thank you very much, Father, for gathering us together in this room. Those brothers and sisters who could not be here with us, let them be here with us in spirit. So that everybody joins together to pledge ourselves to be your sons and daughters. Your proud sons and daughters. Father, our True Parents are in Boston, please trust us. We want to be trustworthy and to prove ourselves in your sight, so we can truly represent you. We can show you our maturity. We are mature children, not childish in your sight. We want to be, after all, another Reverend Sun Myung Moon. I want to be another Moon. I am a Moonie, a proud Moonie. And we want to make the world envy Moonies. We want to be truly representative of your spirit, your image. We truly want to transform this world into your kingdom. Thank you, Father, we are going to now enjoy a most exciting program. Now, Father, may your spirit be with us all the way. All these things we pray in the name of our True Parents. Amen.
[After viewing the video "Reverend Moon in America," Dr. Pak continued speaking.]
Do you approve of it? [Yes!] Would you like to show it all over America [Yes!] What about all over the world? Shall we do it? Let's do it then. We will begin right here from New York, Washington, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco. We will show it over and over and over again. Formation, growth, and perfection, so that 100 percent of Americans will see it. By Christmas time I think this program will be shown all over America and all over the world. This is just the beginning. We are going into electronic media. This is the way we can reach out to millions of people at one time. This is just the beginning. In the days to come we are going to have a tremendous program on the electronic media.
The one-eyed monster will turn into a most important instrument of God. As we sing in "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," God is marching on, truth is marching on. We must have the conviction that our march represents God's march. Our march represents the march of the truth. Today and this week we will bring more results so that we have more good reports to send to Father and Mother. I am driving up to Boston to take this videotape to Mother and Father right after this service. Father and Mother will see it and I will convey your enthusiasm along with the program. Right! Then let's all stand and conclude the service by having three cheers that Father and Mother can hear all the way in Boston.
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