Many Liberian youths, like their counterparts in other parts of the world, are going through difficult life circumstances because of their unwillingness to wait until they come of age, thereby involving themselves in many life threatening situations that do not augur well for them, a young preacher of the gospel has observed.
The life threatening situations the preacher referred to are dangerous lifestyles that are destroying many young people who could have had different ways of life if only they had the patience to wait on God’s time and heed parental advice.
Samuel Dahn, a minister of the gospel, told a jammed pack congregation of mainly young people at the Redeemed Church of God in the Neezoe Community in Paynesville on Sunday that young people are not realizing their potentials because they don’t want to wait until they are mature.
He said some of the young people don’t also want to wait on God’s time before experiencing life.
Pastor Dahn was speaking during the 4th Youth Day celebration organized by the Youth Department of the Redeemed Church of God. The preacher, who is a former president of the department, spoke on the theme, “Wait Until You Get Mature” with his text taken from the book of Galatians 4: 1-3.
The book of Galatians is a letter written by the apostle Paul to the newly established congregation in Galatia. A part of the text states, “I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is a master of all, but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father.”
“Most of us young people are putting our hands in all sorts of things that are endangering our lives because we don’t want to be patient. We want to live careless and wayward lives,” the young Preacher said, noting that this is why many youths are losing their lives these days.
“We need to listen to our parents because it is from them that we are supposed to learn those things that we will apply in our daily lives when we are grown and on our own.”
He said rushing life ends up bad for young people most of the time.
He said a few of the young people who patiently wait to come of age before leaving their parents’ homes often come out successful, because they have learned all of the tenets required for a successful life.
“We cannot handle what we are not prepared to handle. Your parents have all of the properties and riches that are supposed to be passed on to you, but they cannot do so until we are mature and prepared to handle the pressure that comes along with the maturity,” he added.
Giving the example of the prodigal son who, inspite of his tender age, inexperience and immaturity, thought he could handle the task of caring for himself. The preacher said many young people leave home to go on their own, at times staying with friends who cannot fend for themselves.
“A mature baby mother will know what to do when her child is crying to stop that child immediately, but the immature ones, many of whom are all around here, will start to beat on that baby out of frustration because they don’t know what to do,” he said.
“We need to be obedient to our parents and people who are older than we are. This is the only commandment that promises long life for us,” he said, adding that until young people can realize their mistakes, they will not find favor with their Maker.
He said many youths are destroying themselves for material things, while others have become drug addicts and are involved in other unwholesome activities that affect their bodies, which are temples of God.
“We need to desist from these kinds of lifestyles because as young people, these will lead us into hell,” the young preacher warned.
Meanwhile, the Youth Department honored 22 individuals and institutions for the “immense contributions” they made to the growth and development of the young people in the church. One of the outstanding youths, Timothy Saway, was selected and honored as “Youth of the Year.”