The head of the God’s Love Center Incorporated based in the United States, Ms. Isabel Karnga, says churches in Liberia have failed in their mandate to unify the people and to bring light to Africa. Ms. Karnga, who has been visiting Liberia with other team members of her ministry, told the Daily Observer in an interview yesterday that churches themselves are divided against one another to the extent that their activities cannot convince even the unbelievers.
She said Liberia was established to bring spiritual light to Africa, and this is why the State of Maryland in Liberia was bought for the settlers, so that they would build and establish churches, in order to evangelize the people, to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the love of God and to build missions and schools in order to educate the people. Instead of the church unifying the people and demonstrating love, Ms Karnga said, the church is divided against itself, to the extent that people are going about establishing congregations on the basis of tribe.
“Even in the United States you will not find Liberian churches, but Bassa, Grebo and Krahn churches and other groups associated with Liberian tribes,” she noted. Delving into history about the coming of the settlers, Ms. Karnga said both the settlers and the aborigines could not agree because each group considered the other a stranger thereby raising the sentiment of division.
According to her, the act of division undermines the mandate of the church and the virtue of love that every Christian should possess. In addition to division, the God’s Love Center and Oasis Teaching Ministry head noted that though Christians are praying and claiming to be followers of Jesus, they are still involved in unwholesome practices, such as witchcraft, that contravene the true essence of the Gospel.
She added that most Christians after church will go to the witch doctors to seek power, wealth and to perform other rituals; something she said is contradictory to the word of God. She further noted that Christians should not eschew suffering because it is something that any true Christian must face as a means of sacrificing for his/her country and brothers and sisters.
In Liberians’ desperation for change, Ms. Karnga said “When the war came, people felt there would be a dramatic change. But nothing has changed and things still the same.” She, however, expressed the hope that as God told Ezekiel that He will bring back His people from all over into their own native land, so will it be with Liberia. Nevertheless, she said as Liberians wish to see God fulfill His share of the contract, so they should likewise play their role by demonstrating love and uniting themselves to see one another as Liberians.
“While our tribal identity cannot be denied, we are first Liberians by nationality before tribe, and to have the transformation we need, the church should bring it by unifying the people and avoid division,” she said. She also conceded that justice and punishment for perpetrators of crimes are best ways that God approves; however, she said this can be done when people learn to forgive others.
She further urged Liberian Christians to pray and live above reproach in their quest for transformation of the nation.
A team mate of Ms. Karnga, Diane Van Antwerp, said she was glad to be in Liberia to take the Gospel to the teenagers and young people in the country. She said without implementing this task the Gospel will not grow since the younger generation is the one to replace the older folks.
Since their visit coincided with celebration of Mothers’ Day, she urged mothers to carry out their God-given responsibility by taking care of the young people to bring them up under compassionate care. Isabel Karnga, like her younger sister Makeda Karnga, is a daughter of the late former Associate Justice Abayomi Karnga, one of Liberia’s leading historians of yesteryears. He once served as Chairman of the True Whig Party and Post Master General of Liberia.
Ms. Karnga, who is now approaching 90 years old, was born in Monrovia, lived and schooled there. She worked at the University of Liberia, served as an Executive Secretary to President William R. Tolbert and served as the first Director of the first Anti-Corruption Commission of Liberia.
She later worked for the African Development Bank (AfDB) and later resigned to go to Tulsa, Oklahoma in the United States to do Biblical Studies.