The secretary general of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), Rev. Dr. Martin Junge has called on the Church to unite and do away with conflicts.
Serving as the keynote speaker on the occasion marking the Lutheran Communion in Central and Western Africa (LUCCA) Leadership Summit in Monrovia, Dr. Junge said until the Church can unite and do away with its internal conflicts, it will not succeed in building the kingdom of God on earth.
The anniversary was graced by hundreds of Lutherans with delegates from Senegal, Ghana, Central Africa Republic, Denmark, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and a host of other countries.
Speaking from Ephesians 4:11-13 on the event that also marked the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Church, Rev. Junge said: “So Christ himself (instructed) the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
Rev. Junge reflected that there has been so much conflict in the Church to the extent that brothers hate brothers and sisters also go against each other. “Let us be strong in unity and do away with pride and prejudice. Look at fellow human beings with love and denounce injustice and violence,” said Dr. Junge.
He hailed the Liberian congregation of Lutherans for collaborating with other Christian denominations in preaching and promoting peace.
Also addressing the congregation, the president of the Liberia Council of Churches (LCC), Bishop Jonathan B.B. Hart said he was pleased with the 500th anniversary and reformation of the Lutheran Church and thankful to Christ Jesus that He is leading the way in the reunification of his children.
“I could not have felt more spirited and honored today had you not invited me as one of you. We are one big family and should, therefore, work together in the best interest of our Lord,” he admonished.
In her remarks, Liberia’s cultural ambassador, Juli Endee said citizens of Liberia and everywhere across the world must talk and live peace if peace is to envelop the whole earth. “I am a Lutheran and as one among many others who knows the importance of peace and unity I am calling on all my fellow Liberians, regardless of their religious backgrounds, to support peace initiatives at all levels, including in their homes and neighborhoods,” Madam Endee urged.
The general overseer of the Dominion Christian Fellowship, Bishop Isaac Winker said it is no more a time for the Church to be like a fire brigade. “We don’t have to be like a fire brigade which waits for an outbreak of fire before it responds. We have to be vigilant and always engage each other when there is sorrow or joy,” Bishop Winker said.