Reeves Preaches ‘Meaningful Change’

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Dr. Jones and running mate Dr. Reeves

By David A. Yates

The political leader of the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE), Dr. J. Mills Jones, yesterday announced Rev. Dr. Samuel Reeves as his running mate at a mammoth gathering at the party’s headquarters in Monrovia. Dr. Reeves is the senior pastor of the historic Providence Baptist Church.

“A new day is about to dawn for Liberia. The future is now. It is time for a meaningful change, and a new day has come for Liberia,” Dr. Reeves said in his acceptance speech.
“God has sent us a new wave and we must ride it to a new destination of hope, patriotism, national service, and sacrifice, inclusiveness and integrity.”

He indicated that such a vibrant duo with Dr. Jones means a new destination has been planted in “our common destiny of constant prayer, common sense, brilliant planning, selfless compassion, and godly integrity.

“A destination locked in a common destiny that looks beyond our social alliances, tribal affiliations, theological jurisdictions, political justifications, and connections.”
He indicated that the Jones-Reeves ticket presents to the Liberian people possibilities, potentials, and equal opportunity for all Liberians.

“That is why we are prepared to provide opportunities to lift Liberia and Liberians from the dirt of poverty, underdevelopment, and illiteracy,” he said, adding, “we are prepared to provide opportunities that will build our confidence and ensure our self-reliance.”

Through confidence, self-reliance, hard work, creativity, innovation, and prayers, Dr. Reeves noted, “God will make us instruments of His miracles in the transformation and development of our nation.”

Reap What You Sow
Apparently reacting to corruption, the MOVEE vice standard bearer stressed that the new Liberian society under their care will teach Liberians, especially public servants that they must not expect to “reap where they have not sown.”

“The national mindset today is more like ‘if it is good for me now it really doesn’t matter what happens later.’ If the truth be told, our churches, religious institutions, civil society, NGOs, and government have largely and continue to contribute to this mindset of

entitlement without service, integrity and hard work,” he said.
“Our messages of instant gratification have led to a whole generation who only want to see instant results, immediate relief, and painless profits. This is not the natural and honorable cause of nature. My friends, young and old, listen: the future is now, and it’s time for meaningful change.”

“If we want our nation to change,” Dr. Reeves said, “Liberians must not only change the messages coming from our pulpits on Sundays, and mosques on Fridays, and the policies from Capitol Hill on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, but we must begin to change from today.

“If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you’ve always got. And we are not satisfied with what we have. Beginning today, we must be the change we want to see.”

Dr. Reeves said: “We must from now on deliver and begin to live messages of hard-work, creativity, innovation, dedication, commitment, perseverance, diligence, responsibility, integrity, God first, Liberia second and me last. In this, we will automatically become God’s miracle agents of positive and productive transformation in our homes, churches, mosque, schools, and communities.”
Dr. Reeves, before returning to Liberia in 2006, served as co-pastor of the Madison Square Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States and assumed the role of pastor at the Providence Baptist Church.

In May, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf appointed him co-chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Grand Bassa Community College (GBCC).
In announcing his choice yesterday, the MOVEE standard bearer, Dr. J. Mills Jones, told scores of supporters at the party’s headquarters that Dr. Reeves is the perfect partner for the journey ahead.

“It is my pleasure to announce that I have selected Dr. Samuel B. Reeves to serve as my vice standard bearer because he is a Liberian who stands for social justice, a Liberian who stands for peace and a Liberian who stands for development,” Dr. Jones said.
He added: “Dr. Reeves has the ability to be a partner in progress so that at the end of the day we will be able to say that he was part of the administration, not just the vice president.”

Dr. Jones returned to his repeated mantra and told his enthusiastic fans that his administration will fight poverty and create a social contract between the government and the governed based on trust.

“Our party has proclaimed that poverty is not our destiny. This is a clear testament of our hope for better days ahead for our country, Liberia,” the man known as ‘poverty doctor’ said. “We have asked the question if the government cannot take risks on Liberians, who should it take a risk on? For me, I have always known the answer to the question of taking risks on Liberians: the welfare of Liberians must be first, and if not in Liberia, then where? We say, count on us.”

And in this connection, Dr. Jones said: “We want to be quite clear that under a Movement for Economic Empowerment administration, the financial inclusion policy that we started while in public service will continue and will be strengthened, learning from lessons learned.”

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16 COMMENTS

  1. Did Dr. Jones dream of Providence Baptist Church’s Senior Pastor again, after that of Bishop
    B. Warner of whom late President Tolbert said that he dreamed of? How will Rev. Reeves
    discharges his Vice President duty which is paid full time; and his religious which is a called
    duty?

  2. How stupid is it for a pastor to use god and prayer in politics? Does he realize how many Muslims are there in Liberia? Do you think the Muslims believe in your jesus christ and christian prayer to vote for you? These guys are joking. Campaigning should be for all Liberians and no one should use god to campaign.

  3. This, fiasco Dr. Samuel Reeves, if he runs with a canvassing President as Vice of the Liberian state, must immediately resign as senior pastor of the First Church of this nation… Read ” 1st Timothy 3″. Providence Baptist Church will not accept filthy lucre. Separation of this Church from the Liberian State cannot permit his return to our Holy pulpit. God does not permit rancor, concupiscence, and lies characterized by the politics as such in the church of the living savior.

    Gone to 57% in silence. Do not reply me. Contact the Liberian voters…. the voice of God.

  4. Mills Jones, President. Samuel Reves, Vice President. What is really wrong with Jones, even if he believes the code of conduct law is inapplicable to him?

  5. From past experiences, Religious leaders have not done very well at Politics; needless to say in our own Liberia. Their problems come, when they bring their Religious Ideologies into maintain stream POLITICS. It just doesn’t work. Keep Religion Separate from the State/Politics. Liberia is a land of many RELIGIONS. What pleases one group, may very well be offending to another… Keep Rev. Reeves right where he belongs; on the pulpit in the CHURCH.

  6. They say “flocks of the same feathers fly together.” This team of Jones/Reeves which personifies elitism in the Liberian society will go nowhere in this election. Additionally, this combination of phrases below in quotation is laughable at best. Majority Liberian will never be fooled by these rhetorics any longer. As Liberians longed for an inclusive government, irrespective of religious, political, fraternal or ethnic affiliations; Liberians will reject an all-elite team that thinks of themselves as the only solution to Liberia’s problems.

    “A destination locked in a common destiny that looks beyond our social alliances, tribal affiliations, theological jurisdictions, political justifications, and connections.”

  7. Hey guys, did you really followed and comprehend the acceptance speech of Rev. Dr. Reeves or are you just being fast to react because of your usual attitude of sowing the seeds of discourse among the people of Liberia.
    The Rev. Dr. Reeves was very plain in his sincerely and carefully selected words in his acceptance speech when he said,
    “A new day is about to dawn for Liberia. The future is now. It is time for a meaningful change, and a new day has come for Liberia,”
    “God has sent us a new wave and we must ride it to a new destination of hope, patriotism, national service, and sacrifice, inclusiveness and integrity.”

    He indicated that such a vibrant duo with Dr. Jones means a new destination has been planted in “our common destiny of constant prayer, common sense, brilliant planning, selfless compassion, and godly integrity.

    “A destination locked in a common destiny that looks beyond our social alliances, tribal affiliations, theological jurisdictions, political justifications, and connections.”
    He indicated that the Jones-Reeves ticket presents to the Liberian people possibilities, potentials, and equal opportunity for all Liberians.

    “That is why we are prepared to provide opportunities to lift Liberia and Liberians from the dirt of poverty, underdevelopment, and illiteracy,” he said, adding, “we are prepared to provide opportunities that will build our confidence and ensure our self-reliance.”

    Through confidence, self-reliance, hard work, creativity, innovation, and prayers, Dr. Reeves noted, “God will make us instruments of His miracles in the transformation and development of our nation.”

    Reap What You Sow
    Apparently reacting to corruption, the MOVEE vice standard bearer stressed that the new Liberian society under their care will teach Liberians, especially public servants that they must not expect to “reap where they have not sown.”

    “The national mindset today is more like ‘if it is good for me now it really doesn’t matter what happens later.’ If the truth be told, our churches, religious institutions, civil society, NGOs, and government have largely and continue to contribute to this mindset of

    entitlement without service, integrity and hard work,” he said.
    “Our messages of instant gratification have led to a whole generation who only want to see instant results, immediate relief, and painless profits. This is not the natural and honorable cause of nature. My friends, young and old, listen: the future is now, and it’s time for meaningful change.”

    “If we want our nation to change,” Dr. Reeves said, “Liberians must not only change the messages coming from our pulpits on Sundays, and mosques on Fridays, and the policies from Capitol Hill on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, but we must begin to change from today.

    “If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you’ve always got. And we are not satisfied with what we have. Beginning today, we must be the change we want to see.”

    Dr. Reeves said: “We must from now on deliver and begin to live messages of hard-work, creativity, innovation, dedication, commitment, perseverance, diligence, responsibility, integrity, God first, Liberia second and me last. In this, we will automatically become God’s miracle agents of positive and productive transformation in our homes, churches, mosque, schools, and communities.”

    I Think the Reverend was really broad in his presentation from my perspective, as all along he was holistic in his approach to inclusiveness, religious tolerance and above all patriotism and National service.
    So where does the issue of muslims being left out come in here, when the Reverend in his sound and sincere mind continue to reiterate the need for the joint efforts of the inter religious community, of which the Muslim Community is a part, as well as other social, political and economic actors for the destiny of the Liberia the Jones – Reeves team envisage to come to fruition in his well worded acceptance speech.
    These are the ingredients needed in people who we expect to aspire for our Nation’s high seats. People who will live above segregation of any kind and at the same time seek to improve the lives of every Liberian, irrespective of as indicated in the Reverend’s acceptance speech, geographic location, ethnic, religious, social and political affiliation and also cultivate in every Liberian a true sense of Nationalism based on trust and regard for all.
    I think this team is one of the most formidable and reliable team to stare the destiny of Mother Liberia. This is a team from my view that will live above shifting blame but identifying the problems of Liberia and striving to use the collective efforts of all to addressed them.

  8. Mr. Barlee, thank you for your view. But if you were living in late President Tolbert
    days, you would not term choosing of Rev. Reeves and a political points (new day)
    he made in his acceptance speech. I don’t know how old are you. But quite frankly,
    church man joining politics is not a new one. I hope you also know what the Holy
    Bible says: “You can not serve two masters; either you will love one over the other.”
    The talking point in Reeves speech is shifting the truth talking from church man to
    politics. Reeves knows very well that his choosing as a running mate to Dr. Jones
    is not a new thing either. Ask well experienced Liberians and you will that nothing
    is new here.

  9. P. Allison Tarlue, Sr. June 28, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Mr. Barlee, thank you for your view. But if you were living in late President Tolbert
    days, you would not term choosing of Rev. Reeves and a political points (new day)
    he made in his acceptance speech a new. I don’t know how old are you. But quite frankly,
    church man joining politics is not a new one. I hope you also know what the Holy
    Bible says: “You can not serve two masters; either you will love one over the other.”
    The talking point in Reeves speech is shifting the truth talking from church man to
    politics. Reeves knows very well that his choosing as a running mate to Dr. Jones
    is not a new thing either. Ask well experienced Liberians and you will that nothing
    is new here.

  10. If he has accepted the acceptance speech of a campaigning vice, warn this ex-religious Rev., now political state preacher to know that he cannot come back to the holy stand. The snare of the devil is sitting at the office of the bishop to be converted, until God sends another, the new pastor of the Providence Baptist Church. “Not a novice.” While the church waits for the one who can hold the “mystery of the faith”, praise the Lord.

  11. Rev. Reeves acceptance speech orders him to immediately turn over all Providence Baptist properties required to be used by the senior pastor to the church’s property’s supervisor to be stored within the limits of the clergy until a new senior pastor is sent by God to receive these items.

  12. He, Dr. Rev. Samuel B.Reeves(what is his B. for?) has party properties to contend with while running as vice president to Mills Jones who is canvassing to be President of the Liberian state.

    Ask the Liberian voters. Do not answer.

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