REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
MEN OF JUSTICE, RISE UP
May 21, 1977
World Mission Center
Translator-Bo Hi Pak
At a meeting or service like this, the person who makes the effort to
arrive first and sit at the front is the most prepared to receive some
blessing. I want to ask all of you who just arrived with the IOWCs from
different parts of the country about what kind of feeling you had when you
came to New York. Were you excited, or did you feel it was just another
change? You were excited about coming to New York to see all the skyscrapers
and sights in this famous city, right?
I am not much to look at and I am so busy that I don't have a second
to spare, but even so you wanted to see me. I just finished a meeting with
the European leaders and they all were anxious to know when I was coming to
Europe. I had to tell them that such a trip was not in sight yet. I thank you
from the bottom of my heart that you are excited to come to New York because
you want to see me, but I am also sorry that I cannot spend the time with you
that you desire. I arrived at East Garden at 3:30 this morning and then got up
at 5 o'clock. You too will get busier and have a tough schedule. Do you mind?
Men normally have a very adventurous character and like to go out to catch
something, like animals and birds, right? How about the women? Men and women
certainly have different characteristics. Would it be better for us to follow
the men or women's direction? I tend to agree with the men that we had better
follow the men's direction because men are basically born with an out-going,
The characteristics of men and women are very obvious when they have extra
time; men are always going out to find some adventure while women sit down
to do needlework or draw pictures or work in the kitchen. What would have
happened to this world if there had been no men but only women pioneering
human civilization? If there were only women to advance human civilization,
we might still be living in a primitive age. Do you women agree? It is women's
nature to disagree and answer no, even though inside they know it is true.
All things considered, what are women really good for? Who designed your
clothes, women or men? Answer me honestly, who runs faster, men or women? Who
designed the watches and created the eyeglasses and made the beautiful rings
that you women wear? You women are sitting idle and trying to exploit men,
aren't you? Do women at least show gratitude and humbly accept whatever
is given to them, or are they always trying to take advantage, taking more
whenever they are given something? What is a good woman? What is a good man?
God has been watching the movement of history, knowing very well the nature
of women. He has been thinking that before the end of the world women's true
honor needs to be restored, that women should become people who can live
for a good purpose instead of being a degraded group. He is also drinking
that He will give them a hard time and have them pay indemnity for all the
things that women have done in history. If God is really watching history,
do you think He would have such thoughts?
If I were in God's position, I would have thought about it. Is it a
reasonable idea? There will certainly be a time for the complete renewal of
this fallen world and God is thinking about how to use women as the champions
who can really give their blood, sweat and tears, letting them elevate their
old situation before the new world begins.
Do you want to become men and women of God? Putting yourself in that
position, would you also think that this is the time for women to really play
a major role, to repent and indemnify the lives of women in the past? Did
you ever think about things in this way before? Women must be revolutionized
for the sake of God and the sake of the New Age. Is there anyone here who
disagrees? Do you women want to get married simply to be loved and to be
given lots of gifts?
Let me ask you another question. If God really loved you, would He tell you
to take it easy and sleep late and not bother about doing any hard work? Or
would God say, "Because I love you I'm going to put you to work so that for
the first time in history true women may be seen. By working with all your
heart and soul I want you to become women that history will be proud of in
the future." Which way truly expresses the love of God? I am convinced that
you know the right answer. I've given you women a hard time this morning,
but don't worry, we'll give the men a hard time too.
Who in history has committed more atrocities? Who killed more people in
history, men or women? Acts of war and the most horrible crimes have been
committed primarily by men. Are you men proud of this? Have men been good
material or bad material? If you think men are basically bad material then
do you think God should treat them harshly or leniently? When God starts
to push you hard, will you welcome it without hesitation or will you be
rebellious? In examining history, we see that man has been a rebellious
animal, always complaining when God asks him to do something.
Are you good men or evil rascals? I heard your answer. If you are evil
rascals, should God treat you as decent gentlemen? Suppose a tiger got loose
in New York one day and ate one man. The police would be mobilized and the
event would be big news. Is it a good thing for tigers to eat men? It is not
good at all, but every day in broad daylight in New York how many men kill
other men? Is that worse than a tiger killing a man? The tiger might eat the
man for food, but a man doesn't have to kill another man. In light of this,
are you men superior or inferior to a tiger?
Men sometimes do things that are even worse than the acts of animals.
How would you treat that particular tiger if you caught it? Would you
praise it and give it food or would you punish it? If you were captured
and punished like the tiger, would you rebel at your treatment or would you
be resentful? Repentance makes sense to us, but what about the rest of the
world? There aren't many signs of repentance to be seen.
Is God willing to tackle the vast work needed to tame evil men and change
them into champions for His cause? If God roughs you up, would you protest
that He can't do that in America? When God sees someone who can tame evil
man and make him a champion for the cause of good, would He worry about what
method was used? Would God worry about whether the work was too hard? If
God knows that men and women have been evil throughout history then He would
certainly want to see to it that men and women restored their lost honor and
became committed to the side of good before He began the task of rebuilding
the old world into His new Kingdom.
Would God Himself do the work on earth or would He summon men and women
to do it? If that is the case, would you like to be hand-picked by God
when He needs a champion, or would you want to avoid that role? You want
to become God's champion, right? Who would become the leader of a group of
such people? If you were God would you choose someone who could only complain
or someone who was obedient and only wanted to fulfill God's will? You say
you want to become a leader. Have you already passed that test, or are you
still considering whether to go that route? Are you still mulling over the
question or are you going straight to the goal? Your answer doesn't sound
confident because it comes from your lips, not from your heart.
I am not just trying to entertain you; I have a reason to say these things
this morning because I want to hit a target. The bullets I am shooting are
God's words and my target is your heart. When I ask you whether you really
want to become men who pass the test of God, your answer should show the
confidence in your heart. That is a decision being made by everyone. American
young people do not think in this fashion.
God sees degrees of commitment among you. God is sincerely trying to
advance peace among man, longing for the realization of the Kingdom of
Heaven on earth. Will He make such efforts just to see all of you pass only
the third degree? Nothing comes easy in this world, particularly the most
Suppose one of you gets very tired and loses his will to go on but then
is dragged by force and pushed so hard that he cannot help but bring the
Kingdom. Will that person be grateful later or not? After that person enters
the Kingdom the club he thought was so cruel will look more precious than
gold because that was what made him find God's world. From that point of view
will you welcome a beating from such a club? You answer yes because you know
that without such discipline you might never find that blessing. There are
two kinds of whipping. When a whipping is given for the sake of someone's
eternal life, it is a good whipping. American young people do not understand
this concept. They confuse it with another type of whipping, which is given
to satisfy one's own greediness. That is evil.
Is murder a sin or not? What about capital punishment? When a criminal is
executed for his crimes under the law, no one is doing it for their personal
benefit, but for the safety and security of all. If any person is seeking
revenge for his personal reasons, however, falsely accusing someone in order
that he be executed, then the person who actually needs to be punished is
the accuser, not the prisoner.
You must know clearly the definition of good and evil. The outward action
is not evil in itself; the motivation behind it is the source of good or
evil. This is a serious matter to consider. If God felt that ½ of mankind
had to be eliminated in order to save the other 2/3, do you think He should
do it or not? God is ready to do that if necessary. Unless you completely
understand this then the world will be confusing and you will have no clear
direction. The side of good always perseveres in hope, trying to benefit
mankind. The side of evil has no such characteristic. As soon as evil people
feel vulnerable or abused they strike out, regardless of who is right.
Is God a good God or an evil God? Is Satan good or evil? Do you know the
criterion for deciding whether God is good and Satan is evil? You must think
that you can persevere for the sake of good, being patient and sometimes
suppressing your anger, moving on with hope, not despair. The reason for
such perseverance is the need of the world and God for your assistance. God
is persevering and patient, not for His own sake, but for the very enemy
who harbors animosity toward Him.
Everyone in the universe has parents, right? Were your parents good or
evil? Many American young people say they don't know and don't care one
way or the other but that is not good. Do you have a good mother and good
father? Many of you didn't answer because you are doubtful. There is much
divorce in American society, but whose side does God take? God will ask the
husband and wife whether they considered the possibility of getting a divorce
before they committed themselves to marriage, and in order to receive His
sympathy their answer must be no. The partner who takes the initiative in
seeking separation is the person who is guilty of wrongdoing in front of
If it is the mother who caused the separation then her child can even
protest to her and comfort his father by saying, "My mother does not deserve
to be a member of this family. As your son I want you to be happy. I will
bring you happiness, even if I must find and serve a new mother." That kind
of young man would not be unhappy with having a new mother. Having a clear
sense of justice, he would be serving his father by bringing him a new wife
to make him happy again, knowing that he is a good man. How many American
young people think in that fashion? Most of them could care less, thinking
that if their parents want to separate that it is their business. They aren't
interested in calling their new stepparent "father" or "mother." Marriage in
America is like a business contract signed by two people and broken whenever
they feel like it. America's family life is absolutely miserable because
divorce is so prevalent and so casual. The Unification Church is going to
be a different kind of movement. By having a clear sense of judgment we can
reconstruct American family life and create a healthy, harmonious society. We
will create permanent homes in our society. Selfishness and unselfishness
determine the value of everything and even in family squabbles and divorces
the person who acts out of unselfishness and for the sake of the children
and the community is a good person. Unless we practice this clear principle
there is no way to reconstruct American society.
In every comer of life selfishness is your worst enemy. You can evaluate
your own home life from this standpoint. If one of your parents was selfish or
greedy you felt disgust and your children will be the same. This message is
painful for those who cannot accept or live this principle and I understand
very well that they will oppose us. Will you then support me or join the
negative people who are opposing me out of selfishness? Even if I chase you
out, would you still come and support me? The only reason for you to come
is that I scold you and chase you out, not for your own benefit, but for
the benefit of all.
All through the past, present and future anyone who has pursued this
goal has also gone this drastic way. The parent who tries to be patient and
persevere through difficulty with his partner, hoping until the very end
for a reconciliation, is a good person. That person's future will never be
completely blocked. A selfish person may seem to be living a very wise and
clever way of life, but this life will eventually hit a stone wall.
Parents and children may not get along too well sometimes, but the
important thing is which side is closer to God's principle. In individualistic
America many parents only think of themselves as instruments for giving
birth to children, nothing more. They go their own way and let the children
go theirs. On the other hand, there are children who regard their parents
with contempt for their lack of education or low station in life. Those sons
and daughters may be convinced that there is nothing to be learned from such
insignificant, ignorant people, regardless of the fact that they are their
mother and father. Those proud, boastful children will reject their parents,
denying that they have any responsibility to them.
Would you still become a pious, loyal son, regardless of your parents'
situation, or would you be boastful? Would you still respect your own parents
even if you became a professor at a famous university? Even if there was
not much to learn from listening to them, would you still pay respect to your
parents? Why? Their unselfish motivation is the reason you should respect them,
the fact that they tell you certain things for your sake and not for their
own benefit or ego. One principle always operates in this universe, which
is that your motivation is the actual measure of the value of your actions.
True parental love is always given for the sake of the child. Because
it is not measured by money or by honor, parental love does not tarnish or
change. Even if you have knowledge that can change the world, if you utilize
it for you own benefit, you are no more than Satan. What can we consider
precious, the vast knowledge of professors or the unchanging, sacrificial
love of parents? There is no comparison between the two. American young
people must know where true value lies.
I have the mission of grabbing the wild, untamed young people of America,
disciplining them, and revolutionizing the life of American homes. I want
you to become mothers and fathers who are dedicated and sacrificial, who
are not boastful about their own deeds but who give totally. Your heart will
resemble the heart of God when you steadily try to serve the well-being of
your family every day, without change. That giving and serving is equivalent
to the actions of God. Then you possess true authority, more than anyone
who is trying to command everyone else.
If you can be totally unselfish then you can offer certain advice sometimes,
even to your father and mother. If you are lovingly living that principle
then your deeds will be noble and justified. Even in that case, however, no
son can compete with the degree of intensity of his parent's true love; if you
blindly serve and respect your parents, you still feel no complaint because the
intensity of parents' love and children's love has no comparison. Parental love
is far greater and more intense. We must make this boundary absolutely clear.
This boundary line of truth is straight, not crooked, extending from the
individual all over the world. Can you clearly see it or not? The significance
of its straightness is that no one can challenge it; that straightness is
unselfishness. In living that principle you can be patient and persevere
and do your absolute best for the sake of others.
I am closely watching the many blessed couples in our church. The couple
which assumes that the church should support them is one kind, while the
husband and wife who want to not only support themselves and not be indebted
to the church, but even want the church to be indebted to them is another
kind of couple. No matter how early you were blessed, if you are trying to
use the members and the church for your own benefit, you are no good. That
is exactly how I think about myself. There is no exception to this; that is
the way of goodness.
I am fully aware that America has come against me, thinking that I am
a dangerous person who should be thrown out of America, but I will change
America's young people and discipline them and give them a hard time, all
for the sake of America and for the sake of those who are trying to destroy
me. I want to make absolutely clear the truth that America does not exist for
the sake of the Unification Church and that we will not exploit America. The
Unification Church is only an instrument to bring this nation to God; America
and the world come first. You must never act by thinking only of what is
beneficial for the Unification Church. I never think like that. I will only
support what will benefit America and the world, whatever the penalty or
sacrifice may be. If Satan puts up a roadblock then I will penetrate it.
I ask you to come this way also. If you hesitate to go this way then I
will even spank you. By knowing my motivation you will know whether that is
a good or evil act. Even with a handful of people like you I will confront
the opposition and penetrate all the way to the final goal.
When you look from the point of view of truth you realize how much ugliness
there is outside. Is the motivation of our opponents unselfish or selfish? On
the other hand, is what I am trying to achieve selfish or unselfish? That
is the standard which determines good and evil. Our opposition is waging a
war to destroy the Unification Church, but I will never bend. They fabricate
all kinds of allegations, but still we are patient. We have profound truth
to testify about and yet still we take beating after beating.
Which side is pursuing a good cause? Do you have confidence that you
are pursuing a good cause or aren't you sure? Because we are pursuing an
unselfish cause we are on the side of absolute goodness. That is why God
respects you, why He is with you. Furthermore, the good people of the past
and future will bow down before the strength of your conviction; you are
not pursuing this good cause with popularity and fame but in the face of
impossible misunderstanding. Because we persevere under those conditions our
efforts have value. If we are totally on the side of God then the selfish
world will fall into chaos and the time will come for the harvest. You must
have that kind of confidence. We are men of justice who are not to be deterred
by events around us.
You did not have too much power or authority in the past because your goals
were not clear or were founded on incomplete truth. But as soon as you clearly
saw the truth in your heart you felt the power to pursue this life. Truth
is power; knowledge is power. Americans are proud people who think they are
first-class citizens, being very civilized and very dedicated to justice,
even sometimes giving up their lives to save others. Are you really proud
Americans? The most important thing is whether you are really proud to be a
member of the Unification Church, even though you are persecuted. Are you here
because you have no other choice? You are a coward if you take cover every day.
If I were a coward I would not have ever challenged America. Instead I
stood up in the name of God and now I cannot tum around. That is the way I
have walked for thirty years, but I am never defeated, even by fatigue. The
people who adamantly opposed me twenty and thirty years ago now bow down to
me. Some years ago the Japanese media publicized me as the worst rascal under
the sun, but now the Japanese are realizing that Asia needs my philosophy and
conviction. Now the same situation is happening in America, with impossible
things being said about me. Our opponents thought that I would easily be
gotten rid of, but instead they have found that I am getting stronger and that
this movement is getting stronger and that this movement is getting bigger.
They see that I have a fearless attitude and that the time will eventually
come when even this country will change.
Would God feel excited to see such an ironwilled man marching on or
not? Would God tell me to relax and take it easy, or would He say, "My
son, go on. I am behind you 100% every day"? What do you think God wants
from me? How would He feel if I asked for a vacation, even after thirty
years? Instead I tell God to take a vacation.
What kind of teacher would you like to have, the first type of person
or the second type? How could you claim to love me if you are trying to
push me to work harder and receive greater suffering? You have to answer,
"This world needs you in order to be transformed into goodness. Only you can
liquidate all the evil. I absolutely support you. Please be patient and go
on, even though it is difficult." That is true respect.
If every year one out of a hundred people dies, every year 40 million
people are passing to spirit world and in most cases they are going into
hell. It is love and respect to ask me to go on because you know we can bring
them to heaven. When you say that then I will bow down and listen to you. If
you are thinking of everything from God's point of view then I can say that
I love you. Such sons and daughters can rightfully inherit the Kingdom.
That is exactly my position with God. I say the same thing; "God, 40 million
people every year end up in the dungeons of hell. We must save them. I need
your spirit and power in order to do the job." God will not only listen but
will always support such a prayer; the man who walks in that spirit is a
man of justice. His goal is clear and noble; it is not even America's goal
or one country's goal, but the goal of the world, spirit world and God. The
man of justice rises up for the liberation of God.
We come to the conclusion that men of justice are assembled in this
room and in the Unification Church. This movement is truly trying to do
justice for God. Why am I so busy every day? There is no area I do not touch
or become involved in. I go out to sea, set up factories and businesses,
create newspapers and buy real estate, not just in New York but all over the
world. There is absolutely nothing that I do not touch. Sometimes even our
members and leaders are confused about which project is top priority. When we
go to sea we are fishermen and in the mountains we are hunters. We are workers
at our factories and journalists at our newspaper. What is the central point?
Do I work this hard because I eat 100 meals a day? I haven't even had
breakfast this morning. There is no one who worries about money more than
I do. If the whole American defense budget were given to me I would still
worry about money. Do I work this hard to get my food or car or house? Am I
working for my wife or children? For honor or fame? You young people already
give me much respect and love so what else could I be doing all this for? I
could discipline and run this organization to be more powerful than even the
most evil kind of organization like the Mafia, but I am standing on the side
of God, trying desperately every day to accomplish something.
Are you lucky to be here because you don't have to worry about having a
place to sleep or about having some work? Why are you lucky to meet me? I
push you to go out to witness, fund raise and sell the newspaper early in
the morning. You are sometimes so busy working from morning to night that
you have not even a moment to relax over a meal, having to eat standing up.
People will say that you are crazy, but you are never crazy in the sight
of God. Sometimes I wish that you were so busy for the work of God that you
even had no time to go to the bathroom. Become a person who has no shame
before God. Yesterday I saw a beggar pick up a rotten apple, clean it and
put it in his pocket. I thought, "I wish that beggar could be a Unification
Church member for the purpose of God." I am looking for the man or woman who,
even though he may have ample bread at home, so strongly feels the urgency
of God's work that he merely picks up a rotten apple in the road and eats
it and continues on. That person Would do that not because he is in need,
but because he is so dedicated to the work of God that he didn't want to
spare even one minute for himself. We need that kind of spirit to accomplish
the will of God. The saints in heaven, all good men and women, Mother and 1,
and even God will bow down to that person.
I know very well that this is the way of life of the saints and holy
men. Would you be self-conscious and worry about your own dignity and honor,
or would you forget all those things and be crazy about your mission? The more
of a beggar you become the more you will be reduced until you have nothing. Why
would you want to pursue this way of life? That is the life that God lives
and that is the only way you can bring restoration to mankind. It is the
one way of life that does not perish but remains eternally. The Kingdom of
God is built in that humble fashion.
Yesterday I went to Barrytown to train the seminarians in making nets.
I found that buying the necessary materials in the New York area would have
cost thousands of dollars. I was looking for a way to save God's money so
I went all the way to New Haven, Connecticut, where I found the right kind
of surplus store and bought everything for only a few hundred dollars. I
was dressed very humbly and no one in the store knew who I was, yet they
sensed something different about me. When the Lincoln limousine pulled
up front to load in the materials the owners of the store were completely
flabbergasted! They stood in the door like robots as we drove away. Then
they realized that I was Reverend Moon.
Later at Barrytown everyone went through intense training in making nets. I
was teaching them until 1:30 in the morning, but even then I didn't tell
them to go to bed or just give them instructions and leave. Then everyone
realized I was going to speak to you at 6 a.m. so they said, "Father, we
will take care of this. We know how to do it now so you go ahead and talk
to the members in New York."
Why didn't the seminarians complain about working all night? They knew
that I was working harder than anyone else. I am teaching you a hard way of
life but that's really the good way. Only the pursuit of a good purpose can
produce people who don't complain about hard work. As long as you feel you can
go one step ahead of me and that you shall do more than I do, the Unification
Church will be a church of resurrection at the place of death; we must climb
down to the place of death in order to get our glorious resurrection.
American people are clever people and I know you understand what I
am saying to you. The young people of America outside of our Church are
perishing every day because sexual immorality, drug use and the VD epidemic
are spreading. The result of that life is that many of their children are born
deformed. In a spiritual sense those young people have already perished. They
have abused their freedom and they don't seem to care about their families,
their society, nation or anything. How can such a society survive?
I am not the only one talking about the decline of America; parents,
religious leaders and researchers confirm what I am saying. Can America be
restored as a God-centered nation by the armed forces or the Pentagon? Can the
knowledge of science that sends men to the moon cure the ills of society? No
scientists or government leaders can do it. Even if all Americans were united
together they would still find it impossible to accomplish by themselves.
In order to save America God sent one man from Korea with a message
of salvation, yet everyone considers him an enemy. You young people of
the Unification Church are the only hope for America and you must become a
stepping stone for this country's salvation. When America is turned around,
the entire world's population will have hope. This is why God sent me to
work in America, rather than to any other nation. You must not be defeated.
I want you to know that I am a very lonely person. I began a one-man
crusade thirty years ago, when absolutely nobody understood me. I stood
up without fear at a time when the world was crumbling in darkness. I have
travelled from the distant mountainsides of Korea, through many difficult
years and have finally arrived in America, trying to install God's movement
here. Imagine how far I have travelled!
From the very first day I undertook my mission I dreamed of America
because far before you were born God had a masterplan and the United States
of America was its target. If God is concerned about fulfilling His plan
then He has to bring young people like you to the Unification Church. We
did not meet in the Unification Church just to save ourselves; we have the
much greater purpose and mission of liberating God, heaven and earth, and all
mankind. Since God sent you to me, I have the responsibility of transforming
you into champions of God, and after being disciplined and trained you will
become historical persons. I want to make the Unification Church members
work harder than a beggar, not because you are hungry but because God and
humanity are hungry. God thinks in this way.
Why did we buy this kind of building here in New York, big enough to
hold 5,000 people? Simply because we must prevent New York from crumbling. I
gave instructions that all our buildings were to be restored and fixed up,
not only physically but also in the spiritual sense by our members giving
their hard work. If everyone worked at the pace I do, with the same purpose
in mind, we would have beautifully finished the physical restoration of our
buildings in a year. All that work would not have been prolonged this long.
You should never think that now we have lots of comfortable bedrooms
and plenty of hot water. The New Yorker does not exist for your own
comfort. You have no idea what a burden and responsibility our Church is
bearing economically because of our properties. Before you think of all
the wonderful things you have to think of how much sacrifice by brothers
and sisters it took to acquire such things. Do the leaders of our movement
worry about the financial situation? Heavenly Father pities me because I have
taken up that burden. If you know how many Korean families are suffering,
how many Japanese members are suffering, then you know why we must solve
these financial burdens in America.
President Carter's administration wants to withdraw the troops from Korea,
but I continue to bring people from Korea and Japan to save America. America
is still important in the sight of God as the instrument to save the world. If
America fails in its mission then America shall become the enemy of God. Our
mission must succeed even if we all must become living sacrifices. America is
deeply indebted not only to me but to the Korean and Japanese members of the
Unification Church. I have found that if I am indebted to someone I simply
cannot sleep well nor relax until I repay them. Anyone with the tendency to
take advantage of other people will never succeed and never prosper.
Are any of you wearing the same three-year-old T-shirts and pants over and
over again? You have lots to eat here, but in Asia the kind of food you eat is
considered a precious meal and three-year-old clothing is considered brand new.
You want to go to the same part of heaven the Korean and Japanese members
will go to, but does your conscience hurt if you aren't working as hard as
they? If you feel shame then you have felt hell, not heaven. You must be
liberated from that shame so you can stand proudly before God and the spirit
world. I want to help you be liberated from shame so that we can enter heaven
proudly, side by side. The Korean and Japanese members have set conditions
and sacrificed themselves for the sake of America. You would be ashamed if
you went to the spirit world without doing much here on earth. Then I would
also feel your shame because I would not have fulfilled my responsibility to
teach and discipline you. Then the spirit world would have to chase you back
to work in the physical world until you fulfill the necessary conditions. My
aim is to push you out and discipline you so that you can ,be completely
liberated from shame.
It takes a lot of money and manpower to run the newspaper company
and I have not committed us in that way as a hobby or for entertainment.
Why should we start a newspaper if it is only a burden economically? I
know that it is needed as God's instrument to fight against communism.
That fight is our ultimate responsibility and we must prepare today or it
will be too late by the time the confrontation becomes an emergency. Two
years ago I founded the Unification Theological Seminary amidst criticism
about wasting money and manpower, but no two years later the seminary has
become vitally important in the overall scheme to fulfill God's goal.
The newspaper will be equally important in the future. Even though you and
I are suffering to lay the cornerstone, we've got to do it for the future. You
say, "Father, we'll never let you down, but you must realize that there are
human limitations." I want you to know that God's 6,000 year old history of
restoration will never be consummated if you think in that fashion.
We are trying to make a dream come true and that's why I am leading you. If
you could do it yourselves within the normal limitations then I would not
be needed. Nothing is impossible in God's sight. You must trust the living
God and know beyond the slightest doubt that you can do anything. Everyone
has been watching me and the Unification Church for the last four years and
they know that our movement is growing and succeeding. After the successful
Washington Monument - Rally I founded the News World and our critics are
confident that our newspaper company will crumble so they scrutinize us with
great interest and curiosity.
This venture is a real test because those major newspapers which have
a history of 100 years and more are struggling financially today. The old
established newspapers like the New York Times and Daily News are watching
to see if the News World will last even six months. Even if we last one year
they will say, "Well, Reverend Moon is an unusual man, but his newspaper
will certainly fold after another year." The Unification Church will gain a
reputation for being able to do the impossible once the News World becomes
an absolute success.
After we win our reputation for always succeeding, people will come
to join our work and be part of us. The die is cast. We are committed to
this goal and we shall achieve it. With a reputable newspaper like the New
York Times struggling to keep growing, the impact of a booming News World,
not only in New York but throughout the United States and around the world,
will be tremendous.
I am already proceeding with the next project and have instructed Dennis
Orme to lay the foundation for another newspaper in London. The world has
predicted that I will be destroyed and become soup, but the entire spirit
world is cheering and supporting us and God is proud that the day has finally
come when He has a real champion on earth.
I can understand why we look crazy to the people who are struggling to keep
newspapers going that are houndering now after 100 years of success. This
kind of crazy venture is exactly what I like. I don't want to do just what
ordinary men have done, but something that other men cannot do. Do you
like being challengers? Of course it's difficult, but can you always stare
at the goal without closing your eyes and march on? Compared to our goal,
this little newspaper company is a peanut; the Madison Square Garden and
the Empire State Building are just little toys. We must think that way and
not be intimidated by a peanut project. You should be like that because no
matter what, we are going to save New York and the entire country and world.
At the outset of this speech I said that men and women have been wicked
from the very beginning. God wants to see the day come at the end of the
world when He can mobilize such wicked men and women and put them into work
far harder than slavery to let them really prove themselves worthy at least
once in history. You accepted that challenge, didn't you? You are different
from ordinary young men and women who are pursuing the gratification of their
carnal desires or seeking their own honor and knowledge; you are giving your
heart and sweat and life and blood, everything for the sake of God.
What will God say if you become crazy about this mission, trying to bring
the Kingdom of God here on earth? Would I feel like rejecting you or like
glorifying you? I am eager for the day when I can ask you to stay behind
and not go out because the work is already done. The time will come when
the entire world will work for you and you won't have to be out on the front
line. By the time that happens I want you to have acquired a record that no
one can top, that will enable you to stand proud and without shame. In order
to obtain the greatest victory we must give our greatest devotion and make
extraordinary sacrifice. Those who can do it, raise your hands. Thank you.
How many copies of the paper will you sell? Some members reluctantly go
out to sell the newspaper while others say, "Father, I want to go out and
I'll really live up to your expectation." Which kind are you? I know that
even some leaders have been complaining. I'm sure that from this time on
there will be no such person among you.
We must create the journalism and the mass communication of justice.
Unless we can turn journalism around, how can we save America? If I am
basically a religious leader, why do I become ensnarled in such a difficult
worldly task? My goal is to save the world and unless we can influence
the media to become an instrument of good, the world will be ruined even
faster. Everything must focus on this problem. This newspaper is really
a showdown for us so your eyes must focus on the newspaper and your mouth
and ears and every other organ as well. Your mind and heart and will must
be focused upon the newspaper. I want you to know with complete certainty
that this is my own policy. No matter how good a leader someone may be,
if he can't do well in selling newspapers, I don't need him in that position.
I seldom send out personal letters, but I recently sent out directions
to all the foreign missions around the world that they should serve as
reporters for the News World. They have a dual mission as missionaries and as
reporters. When the European leaders came for a conference I also emphasized
to them how they must contribute to the News World. We must follow God's
pattern; God is holding His own will and ideal in one hand and in the other
He is pulling the satanic world to His side. That is exactly what we must
do-seize our Principle way of life and at the same time grab the media to
speak to the world. People controlling the channels of mass communication
have significant power to influence peoples' opinions so we must pull their
work toward God's goal. It is God's way to fulfill a dual responsibility
with no complaints.
I found an unusual inspiration in seeing the Western way of life,
particularly in the style of eating. No matter how hungry Orientals may be
they always use one hand, but Westerners use two hands for cutting and holding
and grabbing. By seeing this nature I knew that Westerners are equipped to
handle dual responsibilities. Yet even having that tradition, Westerners are
most singleminded! You only think about one thing at a time; if you are told
to do two or more things you become totally confused about where to start.
Your two eyes are both coordinated, as well as your two ears and two
hands. What does all this show? Can't you do two missions at the same
time? Some people say that if they try to do two things at once that neither
one gets done, but that is so ridiculous that you shouldn't even talk about
it. If you can't do two things well it is only because you lack commitment.
You can be like the gunfighters in Westerns who fire both guns at the
same time. We don't want just one-gun fighters! Isn't it more exciting to see
someone using both guns at the same time rather than just one? You must be
able to pursue dual goals, but that does not mean you need a dual spouse. That
is the only exception and other than that you can do many things. If you
want to have a lot of children, go ahead and have dozens of children!
Even though you may lose one hour of sleep in order to reach your assigned
newspaper area, go ahead. When God instructs me to do something I may get
no sleep at all, but I do it willingly. Likewise you must do 100%. I am
instructing you from the public point of view and from God's standpoint. Not
only will your fulfillment of those instructions give you satisfaction, but
it will benefit all of New York. If you are going around the instructions and
looking for the easy way out then your efforts are unacceptable. The more
effort is needed to bring your accomplishment, the more blessing you can
bring to the spirit world. If you sell 100 copies in a convenient area but
another seller has to travel a greater distance and then sells 100 copies,
his accomplishment has greater value. The person willing to take up the
worst kind of responsibility with enthusiasm shall control the world. Are
you trustworthy? I had all the IOWC teams come to New York and I want to
see them completely outdo the New York members.
I am speaking now to the blessed couples stationed in New York. You must
not become a burden to the church. The World Mission Center is home to those
on the front line and I will chase out anyone who thinks their family is an
excuse for not selling newspapers. If the Japanese couples are like that, they
should go back to Japan. They should not become a burden to the hard-working
men and women in the World Mission Center. If any American couple is like
that, they should go to another center. The World Mission Center is the
battlefield and everyone must keep pace with the fighting forces who live
in this building. Otherwise, they do not deserve to live or eat here.
If you have a complaint, please raise your hand and tell me. Is your
complaining for the sake of America and the world or are you complaining from
a selfish point of view? If your answer is the latter, you must stop centering
upon yourself because it affects all those around you. God needs men and women
who can dedicate themselves to humanity and the world. There are no exceptions.
God's dispensation cannot be entrusted to selfish people. Men of honor and
justice will live in the World Mission Center. This is God's house and must
be utilized solely for God's purpose. So much sweat and blood and sacrifice
went into purchasing and restoring the World Mission Center that any activity
that is not for God's purpose must not occur here.
Sometimes I get very tired and I want to lie down even for a few moments,
but my conscience never permits me to do that. If I am living like that
then how can you take a nap? If you think of the world, God and posterity,
you realize there is a lot of work to be done. I want to leave the most
meaningful inheritance to you and my plans for our Church are not for my
own purpose but for you.
Anyone opposing God's will is our enemy. The communists are watching and
waiting to see us crumble but that day will never come. If people curse you
and scorn you, don't retaliate. Instead say to yourself, "Wait just three
more years and we'll meet again then." That is what I have been doing all
these ye-s. Opposition is like an elixir to me; it always stimulates and
spurs me on to accomplish more courageous things. Anyone on the side of
justice grows stronger with opposition and difficulty and therefore we are
bound to be successful.
Today after pledging a new determination, will you rise up to a higher
level of accomplishment, or will you continue at the same pace that you
have been keeping? When you come home after a day's work and feel you have
not fulfilled the day's quota, you have to cry out in repentance and ask
God for forgiveness. God's heart will be moved and He will have mercy upon
you. The dark night of evil is so close at hand that we cannot let a day go
by without having absolute commitment.
I do not want you to be defeated but to be victorious men and women. I
must do more than any of you. Anyone who can survive and prosper under such
discipline for ten years can then go out and do anything in the world; he
has nothing to fear and there is nothing he cannot be successful at. This
is how I think about myself.
Everyone who really understands the purpose of the Unification Church,
whether in spirit world or on earth, wants us to be successful. I am restless
because the goal is so near. It is like a tug of war; the day is coming when
the rope will break and we'll jump over the victory line. I want you to be
busy working hard from this time on and to be proud of the schedule you are
keeping. Perhaps you beautiful young ladies will want to be transferred to
a remote area if you cannot keep the pace I have set. Actually I am a person
to be pitied. I do not like to push you out either, but for the sake of God
and humanity I have to do it. Can you sympathize with me?
Throughout human history women have been defeated by men, but from this
time on I want you women to be victorious over men. The small Japanese women
have been working under adverse conditions here in America, yet they are
so determined to not fall behind the men that they have been winning over
them. You American women, however, do not think in that manner, do you?
Do you want me to trust you? In order to trust you I must train and
discipline you and push you out. Will you stand for that? Sometime I would like
to invite only the women to Barrytown to catch carp in the muddy lagoon. The
carp are bigger than you are and they are so heavy that You will just sink
into the mud. Would you throw the carp away to lighten your load and call
for help or would you tenaciously cling to the carp and call for help? I'm
sure 99% of you women would throw the carp away!
Everyone knows that Mr. Ken Sudo is a short man. When he was fishing in
the Barrytown lake he sank in the mud and could not move. Probably all of
you women will sink in the mud too. If there were only one or two of you
then you could be pulled out, but if all of you sank at once, what could
we do? The high tide would cover you! Then all the newspapers would print
that I buried the women in the mud. Do you still think I should take you to
Barrytown? If I do we will need a special watch force prepared to rescue you.
One year ago the Korean Folk Ballet asked to go out to sea with me. I
told them that the sea is rough and that it would be very difficult, but
they persisted and finally I took them fishing for tuna. After the boat had
gone out one mile, the entire Korean Folk Ballet was wiped out! If I hadn't
taken them out then at least I would have remembered them for having the
willingness and guts to go, but instead the trip was a miserable failure and
it is not a pleasant memory. The same applies to you. I know that no matter
how loudly or how much you women shout, I cannot trust that you can do it.
Can you surpass the men at selling newspapers? I cannot trust that either
until you show me you can do it. What about you clumsy men? Will you be
defeated by the women? I cannot trust you men either because you are too
easily distracted and are tempted by so many things. Do you all want to
show me what you can do? Will the men or the women be the winners? I want
you both to be the winners and then I will gladly be defeated.
In that way the Unification Church will never be defeated. If you can
defeat me then the Unification Church will prosper. If I can defeat you then
the Unification Church will decline. I want you to be champions! I trust
that you can do it.
Let us rise up at this hour as the men and women of justice. Raise your
hands if you pledge to fulfill the role as men of justice. Let's be victorious
together. May God bless you and be with you. Let us pray.