Gruesome Remains of Communist Materialism

Michael Medved

2/16/2012 3:15:01 PM - Michael Medved

North Korea announced that the embalmed body of recently deceased dictator Kim Jong-il would go on permanent display next to the similarly preserved remains of his father and predecessor, Kim Il-sung.  

The government imported a team of Russian experts, in charge of preserving Lenin’s 90-year-old corpse, to supervise efforts to keep the flesh and skin of Kim Jong-il from natural decay. Many Communist regimes show the same gruesome fixation on embalming and displaying dead leaders—including Stalin, Ho Chi Minh, Mao and many more. This contrasts with ancient Jewish law, which prohibits preserving and flaunting a body after death.

The Biblical worldview emphasizes immortality of the soul, so there’s no point maintaining what’s become an empty vessel. For Communist materialists, that corpse is all that’s left—hence, ghoulish obsessions with fleshly remains.