The first vice president of the Liberian Council of Churches (LCC) has cautioned Liberians to abstain from elections violence to avoid undermining the peace and stability of the country.
The Rev. Dr. Kortu Brown who is also general overseer of the Apostolic Pentecostal Church (APC), warned Liberians to remember that “peace is priceless”; therefore nothing should be done to undermine the peace. He insisted that “violence is not the answer” to the myriad of challenges facing the country.
The Pastor of New Water in the Desert Assembly made the call when he spoke at the December 17th, 2014 3rd Intercessory Worship service of the local church during this month of December to praise God for His healing mercy on Liberia.
“Liberians should realize that stability is a foundational investment which when secured can be the platform on which the other walls whether political, economic or social, can be built.”
Without stability in the country, Rev. Dr. Brown asserted, that there will be no political, economic or social development. “We therefore want all Liberians to know that we all have a stake in the foundational investment of the country, which is stability”
The service, which coincided with the 47th edition of the 100-Day Prayer for Peace for Liberia, is being held under the theme: “Peace at Christmas” with Scriptural text from St. Luke 2:13-14.
The Pentecostal cleric reminded candidates in the elections to direct their supporters away from violence which is a threat to peace and stability.
“Let the candidates know that the people of Liberia will hold each of them responsible for the actions of their supporters”, he declared, adding, “Peace is far more important to Liberia than any individual or group of individuals.”
He then challenged all Liberians to redirect their energies during this period of peace to productive ventures that will advance the country. He advised parents to speak to their children to avoid plunging themselves into violent activities that could lead to confusion and chaos and plunge Liberia into a “red Christmas.”
“Let us continue to remember that the Ebola virus is still around us and we should do whatever we can to stop its spread.”