Ebola Outbreak, not Punishment from God

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Since the outbreak of the virus was announced by government, there have statements issued by clerics that God had lost favor with Liberia for the country’s sins, and the punishment, according to them was sending Ebola to the nation.

However, the Lutheran Church thinks differently and believes that God is not scared or weak as many think.

At a press conference yesterday in Monrovia, LCL Bishop D. Jensen Seyenkulo disagreed with those who have characterized God in ways that run contrary to biblical revelation.

“The God we know and serve, as Luther pointed to us through scripture, is not a God who kills because of sin. The incarnation is a clear manifestation of the gracious character of God.

“Sickness and death have been part of the normal course of life since the fall of humankind through Adam and Eve,” Bishop Seyenkulo declared.

LCL argued that assertions by some Liberians relative to said claims have no biblical foundation.

Bishop Seyenkulo: “There is no scriptural basis for saying people who fear and love God do not suffer. While it is true that God hates sin, it is equally true that God loves the sinner. This is the Gospel message that we believe and that is what we preach.

“To suggest that God is punishing this poor nation because of her sins is to say that God is too scared or weak to take on the more powerful nations that are just as sinful. The God we know and serve is neither timid nor weak.”

The church reaffirms its commitment and support to the people and government of Liberia in the wake of the national health crisis, adding; “LCL is concerned about the Ebola crisis and stands with the government, religious and international communities in the fight.”

LCL had been part of an effort by the Action of Churches Together (ACT Alliance) reaching out to hospitals and healthcare centers around the country with Ebola preventives and other medical supplies.

The Church recounted the numerous assistances it has received and delivered through many different channels involving Global Health Ministers, Operation Blessing International, the Episcopal Relief and Development Organization and other outlets of the Church in the fight against Ebola.

“We have, through the LCL-ZOE and Malaria Programs, provided Ebola preventive materials to 240 households of orphans and vulnerable children in Kakata, Margibi County. We declared Sunday, September 7 “Stand Against Ebola” day in the Lutheran Church in Liberia. On this day, all congregations of LCL gathered Ebola prevention materials and food items that will be distributed in Ebola endemic areas. We have begun to organize a task force that will handle all Ebola issues in the Church. We are ready to deliver a truck load of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and other medical supplies to Gbapolu County this week.

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