REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
LET US MEET
January 2, 1977
World Mission Center
Translator - Bo Hi Pak
The topic of the message this morning is: "Let Us Meet Opportunity
Well." One particular opportunity can decide whether a life will be
successful or not. One vital statement sometimes can play a decisive
role in the destiny of a man. A person can ruin his entire life
through an unwarranted or improper statement. Sometimes too, when a
person hears things that are not good or righteous, his whole life can
be ruined. And sometimes a mistaken action can ruin an entire life. If
someone mistakenly makes a wrong friend, that one friend could ruin
Many saints and wise men of the past taught that it is very important
to be cautious about what is listened to, what is spoken, and what is
done. This philosophy is true everywhere, East or West.
On the other hand, one righteous, good statement at the opportune time
can bring total, dramatic success to a life. Hearing the right things
at the tight moment can bring about a decision which will make an
entire life a success. One right action at the right time can bring
great success. For example, one of the sisters here could go out to
the street, meet a good man and have one conversation. That could be
enough for them to become friends and he could eventually become a
member and later her husband. People are always eager to meet someone
who can tell them the right thing, who can influence them to speak and
act in the right way. Isn't that true?
There is one predictable tendency working strongly in human life: When
someone gets into difficulty, that person has no time to think about
others because he is too busy thinking about himself. Isn't that true?
When the chips are down, people are always engrossed in solving their
own problems. In doing that, a person may sometimes say things that
are not true or may even try to take advantage of a friend.
In human life, it is not easy to find a person who can really be
trusted. It is rare to find a man or woman whom you can always rely
on, trusting in their judgment and advice. Frequently we are
desperately disappointed to discover that our most trusted friend
betrayed our trust. This life is very difficult. Nowadays it is
difficult to trust even your own parents, your own brothers. Then how
much more so is it true of your own friends?
People are wondering whether there is anyone who can be trusted
regardless of the situation, in any emergency or difficulty. We
sometimes think that the saints of history, the holy men of the past
were different. Are they what we need today?
What kind of person should a saint be? Saints are those who live their
lives with a noble purpose. They are the ones who have a cause greater
than themselves. They devote themselves to that purpose and do not
change. That is the definition of a saint.
Should there be only one saint then, or two or three saints? What
about two great saints pursuing world salvation? Let's say both are
claiming that they can save the world. Could it possibly be true? In
that case, they might also be competing with each other. Could normal
human weaknesses appear on that level too? One might say, "I'm going
to achieve it first," and then the other would say, "No, you stay
behind. Let me do it!"
When we see eminent world scholars gathered together, it is frequently
very difficult to come up with a unified opinion. Each one of them has
his own claim, and they just won't bend at all. Those who have
experienced college life have probably seen that prominent people can
be very narrow-minded. It could be true that even the highest saints
would compete, trying to reach the goal faster than anybody else. It
may be a logical conclusion that even saints would try to push their
own claims first.
Among saints there are different levels of accomplishment, different
levels of nobility. Some are superior to others. In the final
analysis, who is the absolute saint? He is the one who truly is not
contaminated by human weaknesses, who would not try to take advantage
of others to push himself ahead. He is the person that you or anyone
could absolutely trust. He would never betray you under any
circumstances. In our history we have had many saints, many holy
people, many wise people and philosophers. From among those great men
we should be able to pick one who fits this category, one who could
give his life for his enemies, who even at the moment of his own death
could still have room in his heart to bless his enemies, one who could
be concerned with the well-being of his enemies rather than his own.
In history there are many teachings. One is that if someone mistreats
you, repay him in the same way: an eye for an eye, a tooth for a
tooth, a death for a death. However, the most revolutionary teaching
was given by the saint who said, "Love your enemy and pray for those
who persecute you." Needless to say, that was Jesus Christ.
That one man was the only saint to absolutely fit the qualifications.
Did Jesus make his own proclamations, or was he teaching according to
someone else's will, denying his own ego? What do you think? Jesus was
not proclaiming his own message. Above him was someone else: God.
Jesus' teaching was God's teaching; his emotional reaction to things
was not his own. This means that the proclamations which Jesus made
were God's, and God can be trusted 100%.
Ultimately speaking, we can conclude that in this universe there is
only one being you can fully trust: God; and His characteristics were
manifested through Jesus Christ. God's words are always truth. He
cannot tell any lies, and His actions or His instructions are always
for your benefit, not His. He will never take advantage of you for His
own benefit. He is the one who can always be trusted. I found God to
be the one subject who can be absolutely trusted. That's why I believe
I found out through experience that no matter how difficult a
situation may be, I can rest assured that God will not exploit me. In
the worst kind of situation, when I was in prison for example, going
through incredible suffering day to day, even in that prison cell God
was with me. God did not say, "I don't know you any more. You are
miserable. I don't care about you." God was there to comfort me. When
God speaks, there's no hint of a lie. Even though what He says sounds
unreasonable sometimes, God speaks only the truth. Sometimes what He
says is very bitter to me, and I feel I cannot accept it or adjust
myself to it. But I must accept the truth because God is not speaking
for His benefit but for your benefit, for my words of God. giving. Is
it for my own benefit, or am I speaking for you well. From that
knowledge, God will ask certain things of you and teach you certain
things of far greater value than anyone could come up with for you.
Sometimes God will order you to do certain things that are absolutely
contrary to your own thinking. So then, what will you do? You might
say, "Well, God, you are you, and I am 1. So you go your direction,
and I'll go mine." But that is the road of destruction. Sometimes you
may feel that it's virtually impossible to follow His instructions,
yet once you accept it 100%, there is always a way to fulfill that
instruction. You can always find a way if you take it seriously.
Let's say God promised you something. Is it an empty promise or will
it be delivered? Once God makes a promise, once God makes a decision,
He always keeps that promise even if it takes thousands of years for
it to be fulfilled. Time after time He has fulfilled His promises. We
all need this God.
How about human promises? We promise each other quite a bit. Sometimes
we even make promises knowing that we will never fulfill them. In
other words, we lie. We have all lied; none of you has been perfect.
In human affairs everybody lives like that. This is the honest
Human lies are everywhere because lies are very convenient. Without
lies, commercial people practically couldn't continue in business.
What about God? He does not lie, and does not hear lies because He
knows they are lies. He sees through them. Often we listen to lies
without knowing it, but not God. We are exposed as we really are
before God because our lies cannot hide anything from Him. This means
you cannot even trust me 100%. I have human weaknesses. That's an
honest and frank statement. However, I am introducing you to a person
you can trust 100%: God. My mortal body will live only one generation
here on earth, but God will remain here forever.
There is no one in the universe who knows you someone else, someone
perfect? You may not trust more than God, your past, present, and
future. You me 100%, but you must trust my teaching, my words never
know too much about your past. You never 100% because they are not my
own. They are God's know too much about your future. But God knows
words. If you take the word of God more seriously than I do, and you
fulfill it more perfectly than I do, then God will be in a position to
bless you more than me. That's very honest.
After I came to America I undertook an extraordinary task. I went
through all fifty states on the Day of Hope tour, and initiated many
gigantic campaigns, Madison Square Garden, Yankee Stadium and
Washington Monument. Was it all done for my glory? God remained the
same as before, but I emerged as a giant figure in a way. It almost
sounds like I became famous instead of God! Isn't that peculiar? The
important thing, however, is that God's goal in asking me to do
certain things was not for His own sake. God already has the highest
possible position of glory and power. In every way He is already at
the top. So now He is pushing me.
Sometimes parents give their children a hard time and nag them to sit
down and study, to read or practice something, to go to school and
become straight-A students. But do they do that for their own sake?
Some parents are so ambitious for their children that the children
think, "Boy, I can't stand this. I wish my mother and father would die
quickly." They may not think that badly, but at least they sometimes
think in passing, "I wish I could be away from Mommy, so she couldn't
speak to me, so that I can do my own things instead of listening to
The same thing is true for all mankind. You may often think the same
thing, "I wish there was no God. He bothers me too much. Oh, God go
away somewhere. I want to do my own thing." I'm sure some of you are
thinking right now, "Oh, I wish Rev. Moon were not here. He bothers me
too much. He pushes me too much!"
From this time on you all have to run in different directions. Some
will go fundraising, some to the IOWC, some to witnessing. Are you
willing? The time will probably have come that you will think, "Boy, I
shouldn't have come to the Unification Church. I thought the Divine
Principle was very good, but now that I know it and am trying to live
it, it bothers me too much. I wish I'd never known Rev. Moon; I wish
I'd never heard of the Divine Principle." Only a handful of people are
saying, "No," but they are probably a very crazy group. Those who are
just sitting and listening and don't know what to say are probably in
that first category.
This morning I am speaking very frankly, because I know what kinds of
things you will have to go through. Today you will bid farewell to me,
go out and get down to work. My job is to fulfill this mandate from
God. "Push them, send them out." So you have to go out. Even if my
heart is crying, I still have no choice. I have to push you, send you
out. I keep saying, "Go," and without reservation you go the road of
Why am I asking you to go the road of suffering? First, it is for you;
second, for your own generations to come and third, for your own
nation, and for the sake of the world; maybe after that for God's and
my sake. Actually, whether you do these things or not will not affect
my position at all. I have my own Position in heaven and earth. Nobody
can change it or alter it. So why do I keep pushing you? For your own
sake, for your own children, your own country. Whoever defies my
teaching is actually defying his own self, his own posterity, his own
country, and the benefit of the world and God. He is not defying me at
all. He is defying himself.
I am not sure whether you like me or not. Do You? Our physical make-up
is entirely different. You have blue eyes, and long noses, and I have
dark eyes and look strange and foreign to you. Maybe the color Of our
eyes is different, but the color of our minds is the same. Because of
our minds we can become one and unite. How do you know I'm not the
world's worst con man or swindler? Have you seen my heart? No one can
see it. How can you trust me? You can only trust me by experiencing
life together with me. Maybe your future experience will be entirely
different. Regardless, are you ready to go?
I tell you one thing: You will never lose yourself; you will never be
harmed by going this way. Suppose I were telling you lies, but you
took my lies as the truth, as God's words and lived them 100%. God
knows very well what is true or false. In that case, God may condemn
me, but God would never condemn you. God may not give me the blessing
but He definitely would not withdraw His blessing from you. Actually
this is a challenge. Even if I am telling you lies, if you take them
seriously as the word of God, and you fulfill them, actually there is
a chance that you could become the real Rev. Moon. You can't lose.
When you take things seriously and live the teaching, not for your own
sake but for God's sake, God will never abolish your deeds.
This morning, the time has come for the most critical showdown of the
Unification Church. Right now our opportunity is knocking at the door.
We were already launched yesterday. There are many different
consequences waiting for us depending on whether we shoot straight
upward, downward, or maintain a horizontal path. There will be three
types of response from this point on: Some people will take off and go
upward to prosperity. Some people will decline, and some people will
try to just barely maintain a horizontal level. Which one is your
In order to shoot yourself high you need jet thrust. You need guts and
energy. To shoot yourself high you need an Apollo 11, a million pounds
of engine thrust to push yourself up. Do you have that kind of engine
behind you? The person who is dozing, is his engine ignited? Dozing
people do not know the right direction. If they are ignited, they
could take off downward instead of upward! It is possible. All of you
sitting here are Apollos. Are we all heading in the same direction? Do
you want me to push the ignition switch? In the Unification Church,
the most critical opportunity is at hand.
How can you take my word 100% seriously? You got up this morning for
pledge service, didn't you? Tell me very honesty, were you willing to
do that this morning? Don't tell me big lies! You did it because you
had to! Even I didn't want to get up at 4:30. Are you different? Why
do I do it if I don't want to? Because there's someone upstairs
Nobody really wants to go out there selling peanuts and flowers.
Nobody wants to go out there on the street, acting like a crazy man
trying to grab people and witness. You act almost like servants to the
people, trying to win their hearts, trying to talk to them. When you
think of it, the amount of work you have to do to win one person's
heart is incredible. And you have to do it day in and day out. You go
out fundraising every day, from early morning to late night. Are we
really fond of doing it? We do it because we have to.
Actually, I don't like to speak harshly to you or be too strong. I
came back from my tour, and without any rest I had a fifteen hour
conference talking to state directors. Then I came here and spoke
twice yesterday and now for a third time. It would be very convenient
to say, "Well, I'm tired, and you're tired. I need some sleep and you
need some sleep. Let's forget about the mission. Let's go sleep for a
full twenty-four hours." It would be very nice. I wish I could do
that. But someone is watching me, thinking, "That's not the proper
thing to do." That's the problem. What should I do?
As I told you, God is telling you to do certain things for your own
sake, no matter how harsh it sounds. Once I receive a certain
direction, I must transmit it to you 100%, and I myself have to live
it. My teaching is coming from God. Those among you who value my word
and take it seriously will, in a way, be blessed more than me. You
will never be ruined, and you will ever be destroyed; you can only
It is my duty to push you out all the way even if you hesitate,
regardless of whether you like it or not. That's love. When you live
this teaching, then God will guarantee your own life, the life of your
posterity, the life of your nation, of the world and of mankind. The
showdown of such important success or failure is at hand.
Today, I mentioned that one word can be critical. Sometimes one word
of a good and true teaching will change your life and bring you into
great success. That word is coming this morning. Everyone who listens
to my word, takes it 100% seriously, lives it and accomplishes it,
will not be disappointed. We must not become people who just do
nothing, who mull over the question of whether we should go or not.
Instead, all we have to do is take the initiative and go. Then we can
find out for ourselves that we will not be disappointed.
Respected people outside will say, "How crazy you are. Why did you
become a slave of Rev. Moon? I have never seen such a fool." Do you
have the courage to overcome that kind of reaction?
Let me tell you one episode from my past. Many times in North Korea
and one time in South Korea I was in jail. There was one ardent member
following me around that time, but he became tired and left. Then he
read in the newspaper that l was going to jail. At that time many
members were trying to encourage me, saying, "Don't worry, Father. You
just wait; we shall do 1000 times more than you." But this particular
person came to the prison, curious to see how I looked. He happened to
be in such a position that I met him face to face, and I will never,
never forget that man's statement. He said to my face, "You fool, are
you still doing this?" What he meant was, "I am smart. I know what is
the best way to live. But you are foolish. Are you going to continue
your crazy life for eternity? You're going to ruin yourself that way!"
But what happened? Today after 20 years, that man is gone. He thought
he had the most successful, prosperous life. He thought he was very
smart, but that man was ruined. In the meantime God has been
continuously raising me up as a worldwide figure. I remember back to
those difficult days when so many people came and heard the Divine
Principle and were so excited. But as soon as they realized that the
road of the Divine Principle was not easy, those who were clever and
ambitious in a secular way quietly dropped away. Particularly in the
early days of the Unification Church, they would not stay. They
thought that they were smart and those remaining inside were foolish.
Now, 20 years later, what's happening in Korea? If they have even
survived, those smart people are coming to our members trying to get a
minor job. Now they want to be benefited by the church, saying, "I
used to be a member. Can you help me?" Now they realize that we are in
a position to help them, and they are coming to beg for positions.
The same thing will happen right here. In America we will see a
repetition of our movement's history in Korea. After I came to this
country, I was mistreated. All the mass media attacked me, yet I have
disregarded it and gone on with my own plan. Under those circumstances
a normal person would have collapsed or been destroyed a long time
ago. But instead of being destroyed, my work through the Unification
Church is getting stronger and prospering more every day. Right here
in New York we are now publishing our own newspaper. Right here we are
having a festival in our own center. This is only one beginning here
in America. Do you think I am creating my own empire with a throne,
signing papers every morning? Not at all. I don't even have a little
desk of my own. The secret of my success is simple. All I am doing is
listening to God and absolutely trying to enforce His will. That's all
I do. As the Bible says, "He who seeks to lose his life for my sake
will find it." That's the creed I have been living.
So this morning, let us seriously think about our future. We have two
years to go, 1977 and 1978. How far will you go? There are many ways
to go all the way. You can go all the way relaxed and in slow motion.
Which way are you going? Like the Apollo? Everybody's lining up now
for a long marathon race. I will say "Go!" But if there are 1500
people, at the goal line we will have 1500 different arrival times.
Where do you want to place? First or last? Only one arrival can be
The marathon runners in the Olympics run for two and a half hours.
When they cross the starting line, are they really committed or not?
When Olympic winners are running, are they thinking, "Who is my date
tonight? Where should I enjoy my vacation? What should I eat tonight?
Which restaurant should I go to?" Will that kind of man end up in
first place? Never! That's against God's rule.
The person who wins has absolute concentration. His 'whole body is
focused on the goal. He thinks, "Nothing but victory, nothing but
victory. I may die, but I don't care 1 will go to the end." That
person will win. This morning, you are on the starting line; you can
all be marathon champions.
Many people comment that the Unification Church members are smart,
bright young people. Are you really? That means that the elite of
American society has gathered together in the Unification Church.
Since you are the brilliant young people of America, I'm sure that
your judgment would not be wrong. I'm proud of having the elite of
America in our church. America is a first class nation in the world,
and you are citizens of that country, so compared to you I may be
considered second or third class, right?
When you say Korea, people think, "That's a backward country, a
trashcan." I came from that country, so I feel that if I do not
fulfill my promise to God, He may have room to forgive me because I
came from such a country. But if you do not fulfill your promise to
God, God will not forgive you. You have come from a great country, and
you are the elite of America. With the pride of being the elite of
America, citizens of this most advanced nation, leaders of the free
world, you have made a covenant with God. Then you are going to fall
behind the Japanese? Are you behind the Koreans?
When you go horseback riding, do you want to ride a little pony, or a
beautiful championship horse? When you compare nations to horses,
America is like a championship horse, really beautiful and tall,
brilliant. Compared to that horse, the Japanese people are like little
ponies. You feel good to hear that, but the Japanese certainly don't!
Yet it is the truth.
Yesterday I announced that I have already laid the firm foundation for
building the Kingdom of God here on earth. No one can destroy this
foundation. Upon this foundation anybody can go out and be prosperous.
Since I am here in America, I want to give my trust first to the
So far, many people have trusted America, many Asian nations, many
African nations. But then America backed down and they were
disillusioned. is that true or not? Now I have come from Asia and I am
going to trust the American people completely. if you retreat, what
will happen? Will you disappoint me? Are you going to be different
Americans? You should not continue America's backward, retreating
tradition. You must be the ones to take this initiative, to accomplish
the mission. Can you do it?
I will wait and see. I will watch everyone perform. I want to really
see what Americans can do. To show your own strength, you should not
need members from other countries. The Japanese really shouldn't be
needed. None of the foreign members should be needed. nose here who
think, "In every cell, in my spirit and soul and appearance, in every
way I am 100% American," raise your hand. You are really Americans,
and you have made a covenant with God. Then when you run, are you
going to be in first place or last place? Are you going to be
conscientious in witnessing, and talk from morning to night, with your
lips all overworked and blistered? I have blisters as a matter of
fact. Would you work that hard? Or will you just talk a couple of
hours and then rest and eat ample food, and then maybe do a little
more? When you go to your mission, will you need an automobile? Most
Americans would say, "We must sit and wait for an automobile." Would
you walk? Run? You know the answer. You have already read my mind. You
are really elite!
Tell me the truth. Have you Americans really, really demonstrated the
dignity of America to the members from abroad? Have you really shown
America's pride and capability? What I am saying is very simple. I
will give Americans the first chance. If you want it, take it; if you
don't, refuse, and it will go to somebody else. Will you take it?
Let's sweep the fifty states. I came, one man from Korea, sweeping
across these United States in three and one half years. Now here are
1500 here and all together many thousands of our young people. Do we
have the capability to sweep through all fifty states? Can you pledge
before heaven and earth as Your covenant to God that you will do it?
The Unification Church vans will say, "Boy, I wish I could go
somewhere else because the Unification Church members are driving me
twenty-four hours a day. They never let me rest even a couple of
hours. I wish I could have another master." Do you mind hearing such a
complaint from your own van? Maybe your van will complain, but at the
same time heaven and earth will echo with every step of yours. Heaven
and earth will resonate together with your every action.
Heaven and earth will answer the vans of our church, and they will
say, "Stop complaining. If you -n that much, you will end up in the
museum of heaven and earth. You will be honored. Don't complain; stop
nagging." Even the vans will get excited, "Me? Me? I will end up in a
museum? Let me run 24 hours. Never mind, I won't complain." That
automobile will fulfill a historical mission.
So who is going to produce this museum piece? Who is going to be the
historical person who will drive that particular van so that it ends
up in the museum? I'm sure one thing is absolutely clear. It will be a
woman. These men, to be honest, are useless people. A couple of days
ago there were assignments being made to the MFT, and IOWC. At that
time the Japanese MFT leaders came to me and said, "Father, could you
give us more sisters? The men don't produce so much. The women are the
ones who really do the work." Why don't you men give them a big
Are you going to be defeated by these heroic women? So far your record
shows you have been inferior to them. However, would you say then,
"Father, maybe in the past something was wrong, but from today on, I
promise you it is going to be different'?" These women are very
clever. They applaud you, knowing that I will make you very strong and
courageous; after all, you will become their husbands some day!
The Unification Church has gone over one important hill of victory. We
have come to the pinnacle of the mountain, but that's not the end of
it. At this junction of history, Jan. 2, 1977, we have a most
momentous opportunity to shoot for an even higher mountain, a higher
goal, or we could decline. Lets say you are an MFT member. You've been
working very hard, day in and day out, and one day you're so
discouraged, you cannot go on anymore. You feel you must pack up and
leave. At that very moment, you may miss the most important person, a
billionaire, with a big heart, ready to be ignited by the Divine
Principle. If that one per-son came in, he could solve all the
economic problems of our church by himself. Then as an MFT member you
would have so narrowly missed that one great opportunity.
You never know when you might encounter such a person, at midnight,
4:30 in the morning, noon. Therefore you have to be alert twenty-four
hours a day. So even when you go to the bathroom, say, "Heavenly
Father, I have to spend the next few minutes in the bathroom. Could
you watch for me?" That kind of feeling. Every minute of the day you
are going to be alert. There is no time to be relaxed or offguard.
Witnessing is just the same. You are meeting people, young and old,
and you have no idea what kinds of people you are meeting. Maybe you
are witnessing to a person who will become President of this nation
twenty or thirty years later. Maybe you are witnessing to a relative
of the future President, to the very person who will guide the destiny
of the free world. One man can change the world. Maybe that person is
in the street, in the hamburger shop, maybe in the hospital. He may
look very ugly and crippled at the moment. You never know. You can
most ardently look for such a man. Pray, "Heavenly Father, give me one
man who can change the destiny of this nation, who can change the
shape of the world. Give me the chance to witness to such a man, to
win such a Person's heart." Those who are always striving toward such
a goal will always come up with the result.
You Americans and your nation of America are in the position to carry
the destiny of the future world. God has placed upon your shoulders
the greatest mission of all. We have been looking forward to the
opportunity to change the destiny of the world. It is now at hand. We
are the ones who can grab it. We can finally fulfill the expectation
of God here on earth. I am Korean and have many handicaps. You are
American. You should be able to do three times as much as I can do.
Can you do it? Raise your hands and pledge that goal to me. Thank you.