Liberia: ‘Vote for Morality, Not Money’

Dr. Getteh urges Liberian Christians

Dr. Gemane G. Getteh, a respected Liberian Cleric and a fervent preacher of the gospel of Jesus Christ, has passionately appealed to the Christian community in Liberia to prioritize voting for morality over monetary gain in the upcoming November 14 runoff election. In a recent speech delivered at the Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary International Theological Education Conference, Dr. Getteh emphasized the importance of selecting leaders who embody trustworthiness and integrity, rather than being swayed by tribal affiliations.

Highlighting the wise words of Martin Luther King Jr., who once stated that "Morality cannot be legislated but behavior can be regulated, and judicial decrees may not change the heart but they can restrain the heartless," Dr. Getteh implored the Christian electorate to focus on individuals with genuine principles and an unwavering commitment to justice and righteousness. He drew attention to Article 3 of the Liberian constitution, which clearly defines the country as a unitary state divided into counties solely for administrative reasons and not for tribal purposes.

Dr. Getteh fervently urged Christians to transcend party loyalties and make informed choices based on the character and values of the candidates. Quoting Alexander Pope, he proclaimed, "Party is the madness of many for the gain of a few," emphasizing the need to prioritize sensible policies and real potential for delivering positive change over empty political rhetoric.

As the people prepare to exercise their political rights on November 14, Dr. Getteh stressed the significance of voting righteously. Quoting Proverbs 14:34, which states, “Righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a reproach to any people,” he underscored the importance of aligning voting decisions with biblical values. He encouraged individuals to thoroughly research the candidates and choose those who best represent their convictions, while also fulfilling the scriptural obligation to pray for those in authority.

Recognizing the gravity of the issues at stake, particularly in relation to public policy, Dr. Getteh warned that failing to exercise their freedom to vote would ultimately lead to the loss of that very freedom. He reminded his audience of Samuel Adams, one of the United States' founding fathers, who asserted that voting is a solemn trust, demanding accountability for both God and the country.

Dr. Getteh's impassioned plea serves as a rallying cry for Liberian Christians to exercise their political engagement responsibly and make informed choices that reflect their core values. As the November 14 election approaches, it is crucial for the Christian electorate to prayerfully consider the impact of their vote and use this opportunity to shape a future that upholds morality and righteousness in their beloved nation.