February 10, 2018

Prophetic Imagination at the Korean Olympics

Walter Brueggemann says, "Prophetic imagination is breaking the silence, saying the unsayable, thinking the unthinkable, imagining the unimaginable."


The world saw some prophetic imagination at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Olympics. Athletes from South and North Korea marched into the arena as one team with one flag that features a Korea with no dividing line. Unlike the other countries where one athlete carried their national flag, this Korean flag was jointly carried by an athlete from each Korea. Later, two women from opposite sides of the demilitarized zone who will be ice hockey teammates jointly carried the torch through the arena. Representatives from the two nations also shook hands during the ceremony. And all of this occurred on the Korean peninsula.

By envisioning a unified Korea in the future and walking together as if it is already true, these athletic Korean prophets make that dream closer to reality. May this peaceful vision be so!

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