The NEWS (Monrovia)

Liberia: When the Church Fails to Play Its Rightful Role

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Christmas is here and the celebration has already commenced in most parts of the world, especially in nations believed to be predominantly Christians.

Jesus Christ lived on earth but was not of the world. He lived peacefully with mankind and taught them to love one another, love your neighbor (including our enemies), to eschew hatred and share gifts beyond domestic frontiers. He left a lesson of peace and encouraged us to believe in Jehovah (The All Mighty God or Allah) only. But as great as he was and the inspiring lessons he provided, the mankind's activities continue to be not only disappointing, but completely appalling.

Christmas is a time of giving and sharing regardless of race, creed, color, religious orientation, political affiliation, etc. It is the time when the Christian Church is supposed to reach out to the poor and needy and put a smile on their faces. It is the time for the Church to celebrate its role in reconciling our people, providing the moral yard stick for the conduct of our activities, and serving as the only hope for mankind to come to The Savior of the world, whose birth is celebrated on December 25. Christmas is a season when the Christian Church also celebrates peace and promote its message of love and peace.

During the initial years of the Liberia civil conflict, the Christian Church joined with other Faiths to restore hope to the Liberian people and bring about an end to the conflict. Unfortunately today, the Church has taken a spectator role while society deteriorates in almost every aspect of human life.

Young people, some of whom are members of these churches go about half naked in the streets in the name of celebrating the season. Some men and women, most of whom are members of these churches, have turned to deviant sexual behavior in which same sex contacts are practiced. Public officials continue to haul inflict insults on one another to the detriment of the Government of and the entire population.

There are issues of economic inequalities; social injustice, morality and endemic corruption endemic in our country. Church leaders, who are supposed to be the guiding angels for mankind's search for the risen Savior, have themselves become politicians and parties to these unkind unbiblical things.

Yet, the Christian Church remains loudly quiet and has failed to help this country make God centered and meaningful progress over the last several years.

We call on the Christian Church to wake up from its slumber and assume its rightful role of confronting society's problems that are destroying our nation - permeating immorality or moral decadence, family disintegration, etc.

While it is true that the government has a responsibility for peace, reconciliation, security, etc., the salvation of the people of God is indisputably the duty of the church, a role the Church must assume and actively play.

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