Day 6: A Secret Class System

Integrated into the social structure of North Korea is a secret socio-political classification system, known as “songbun”, that determines how a person will live from birth until death.

It is an extremely repressive ‘caste system’ and helps the government justify the habitual humanitarian abuses and discrimination. Songbun marks one third of all children from birth and makes them slaves for their entire lives with no way to escape. Every North Korean is assigned a classification at birth and determines every aspect of human life. The classification is solely based on heredity and socio-political rank of the parents.

At birth, the three designated classes are CORE, WAVERING, and HOSTILE.

The elite class, or CORE class, of people make up the ruling class in North Korea. These are primarily individuals that are closely connected with the Kim family. They are given the best roles in society and given the greatest opportunities.

The WAVERING class of people are the commoners that make up the tradesmen, managers, technicians, etc. From birth they are marked as a tradesman and have no chance to ever change.

The HOSTILE class of people is where the real pain sets in. These are individuals who have been deemed to be anti-revolutionaries from birth. They are assigned to hard and dangerous labor without pay and are heavily monitored in their daily movement. They have no say over where they were live or what they will do. It is all assigned to them and if they have children, then their children will be born with the same status. Christians and their families are put into this category if their faith is ever discovered by holding secret prayer meetings or smuggling bibles. Not only do they suffer for their faith, but their children and their children’s children.

When North Korean’s come to Christ, they are not just risking their life – they are risking the life of every generation after them.

Prayer Points:

  • North Korea has created a class system that determines a person’s worth from birth
  • Anyone who becomes a Christian in North Korea is risking their life and the lives of their family members forever
  • The Korean people need to know that we are all created equal and each person is valuable no matter what class system that they are born in

Today’s Scripture Reading:

Romans 10:11-13
 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”