By Tehajlaleh Seykeypoh
Many situations have the potential to unleash tension as partisans of the various political parties express their political franchise on the fast approaching elections in October.
In an effort to make sure that all goes well, and that the country remains on the peaceful path it has enjoyed for the past 14 years, the Calvary Redemption Church of Mountain Assembly ended 21 days of fast and prayer for the nation in Logan Town over the weekend. The national fast and prayer, which ended on Sunday, August 20, was intended to seek God’s divine intervention into the ensuing presidential and legislative elections slated for October 10.
The church said without God, the election process will not yield good and fruitful results, adding “Except God is with us, we labor for nothing.” The fast and prayer period was climaxed with a thanksgiving service to honor and glorify God for the peace and unity the country is enjoying. During the service, a new altar for a new temple under construction was dedicated to the Lord. A ground-breaking ceremony was also done by the participants at the service.
In his sermon, Bishop Benjamin Doe Wion warned the church and people of Liberia to choose God-fearing leaders who will not be self-centered. He also warned that “the smoking woods should not be put back on the altar,” a reference to recycling undesirable politicians, adding: “that causes air pollution among the brethren.”
The Bishop said Liberians have long been inhaling too much bad smoke from bad wood, and that it is time for the citizenry to enjoy “an atmosphere free of smoke from bad wood.”
Church members said the peace that Liberians are hoping for can only be achieved if the people choose peace over violence in an effort to avoid the senseless 14-year civil war that devastated the country. The country’s hope to see a historic transfer of power from one democratically elected leader to another, they said, is cause enough for Liberians to want to maintain the peace, “so we must pray for the nation.”