The Informer (Monrovia)

26 February 2013

Liberia: Bishop Ties Liberia's 'Wahala' to 'Crabs Mentality Politics'

At the official close of a weeklong National Convention of the First Church of Love and Faith in Liberia, Bishop Emanuel Teah Klay has warned Liberians to desist from what he termed as 'Crabs Mentality' among them.

Speaking Sunday at the church's St. Paul's Bridge Branch in Monrovia, Klay said he has observed over the years that many Liberians were engaged in a "crab mentality politics" to seek personal interest or favor from the power that-be rather than the interest of the nation and its people.

He described "crab mentality politics" as a situation in which everyone struggles to pull others down and get at the top, something pervasive among crabs kept together.

Bishop Klay noted that this same crab mentality also exists in the Church and warned if that if it should stop in the larger society, Christians and church leaders must take the first steps in changing their minds against each other in the church and the larger society of Liberia.

The FCL -Liberia Bishop said as result of 'crab mentality' behavior among Liberians, Liberia was finding it difficult to undergo rapid development and transformation, stressing that those who are Christians needed to exhibit the power of true love and forgiveness so as foster peace, unity, reconciliation and development both in the church and the Liberian society.

The Liberian prelate said this mentality was on the increase among Liberians and was destroying the fabric of the society at every level.

He said gossips, friendship club, envy, hatred among citizens, including bad governance in the church and national government, were the root causes that were hampering development and national unity among Liberians.

Klay noted that for the church and the state to progress, there must be a room for love, noting that Liberians have left their first love and needed to return to that first love in rebuilding the country.

The convent which came to an end on Sunday, February 24, 2013 was the church's 13th Annual Convention which brought together over 200 delegates from Sinoe, Grand Kru and Montserrado Counties, totaling the number of FCLF churches in Liberia to about 15 local branches at this year's national convention.

The Bishop concluded by calling on the FCLFL members to buttress the efforts of the Government of Liberia by getting involved in constructive programs and projects that would provide assistance to Liberians in general.

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