The Taliban Make a Martyr
As Bernard Lewis has pointed out, in Christianity, a martyr is one who is killed on account of one's profession of faith and one's refusal to recant under pressure. In Islam (represented by the Taliban) a martyr is typically one who dies in a jihad. The difference reveals a titanic split in the two worldviews.
Pastor Hyung-kyu was in Afghanistan to serve Christ by serving others. What he did, he did in the name of the God of the Bible. For that, he was executed. He joins the legion of martyrs, those who did not love their lives unto death, but who will receive the crown of life from the King of Kings.
Let us pray for those still held hostage by the Taliban terrorists. (I refuse to call them "insurgents.") Pray, too, for the souls of the terrorists. And pray for your own soul if you lack the courage of a martyr, Christianly understood.