-Dr. Menjay challenges CU graduating class
Dr. Olu Q. Menjay, President of Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention, yesterday challenged the over 300 members of the 57th graduating class of Cuttington University (CU) Graduate and Professional School, to recognize their own limitations since they were leaving the walls of the university with Masters degrees to their academic advantage.
In a sermon under the theme, “Living with a Limp,” delivered on Sunday, June 24, at the Baccalaureate Service for the 2018 Graduating Class held at the Trinity Cathedral on Broad Street, Dr. Menjay said most people don’t want to admit to their limitations in society and, as a result, they are being deceived to live with a limping societal ills.
For example, he said some societal ills being overlooked today include crimes of various types, bullying, racism, delinquency, discrimination, family disintegration, drug addiction, poverty and homelessness. “I think many people can agree that drug addiction, poverty and homelessness are perfect examples of societal ills in today’s Liberia,” he said.
“To acknowledge our limitations,” according to Dr. Menjay, “would be a source of strength that will help us become better people, because everyone was born with a handicap.” He stressed the need for one to desire a better society where people would be inspired not to deceive or be deceived, “because the society we live in is limping in falsehood with people claiming to know it all.”
The Baptist Preacher made reference to Jacob in the Bible, whose name was later changed to Israel and said his life was characterized by deceit and difficulty. He disclosed that Jacob wrestled with an unknown person for a whole night and developed a disfigured hip, which caused him to limp in pain.
Dr. Menjay said like Jacob, there are many Liberians wrestling with difficulty and they are struggling with life anxieties daily. But, he noted, struggle is part of life and therefore, “there is no shame in struggling to arrive at better life solutions to improve one’s condition.”
To the graduating class, he said. “there is no easy way to life for your struggle is not that you don’t know God or that God has turned his back on you,” he told the graduates amid a round of applause.
Menjay noted that in an attempt to make things easy, some prospective graduates paid for grades, but individuals who paid money to obtain passing grades will be haunted in the future by their deceitful actions.
Dr. Menjay said you one cannot fight poverty by offering charity through handouts, and therefore, he suggested that the fight against poverty must consider the engagement of issues of policies associated with justice.
Asking the graduates not to forget that life is a disappointment, he informed the graduates that life is about wrestling and not resting because the country’s current leadership and those before it have striven to change conditions facing its citizens by developing lots of strategies to redeem the people from poverty.
Menjay recollected that former President William R. Tolbert introduced the “mat to mattress policy, while former President Samuel K. Doe introduced the “Green Revolution…back to the Soil,” but former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, according to Menjay, introduced the “Poverty Reduction Strategic” (PRS), while President George Weah has conned the “Pro-poor strategy.”
He said it is important to consider whether these strategies introduced by the succeeding administrations to solve Liberia’s problems were successful or whether the one introduced by President Weah is working, because from time immemorial, Liberians have lived a life that is yet to be improved.
According to him, Liberians have lived with problems and challenges for time in memorial, and so “I am compelled to remind you that some people have found it difficult to make ends meet because life remains so difficult.”
Dr. Menjay said these Liberians have leaped and continue to leap, noting that one cannot underestimate the difficulty Liberians are undergoing. “You cannot refuse the struggling realities of our existence, but if you do this, your education at Cuttington will be meaningless,” he told the graduates. “You did not enroll at Cuttington to avoid problems, neither will you graduate to look for an easy way out, rather you enrolled to easily solve problems,” he added.