Yesterday was Easter Sunday, the day of the Resurrection, when Jesus Christ arose from the dead!
Easter is the queen of all the church’s festivals, indeed the most important of all the church’s holidays. Why? Because it is Easter that gives human beings the hope that we, too, though mere mortals, drenched in the depravity (corruption, decadence) of sin, yes, we, too, have hope of eternal life, just like Jesus.
We are promised in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” Can we not see the distinct and gracious similarity between this verse from John 3:16 and the Prophet Isaiah’s compelling admonition, found in Isaiah 1:18?
In that extremely and consummately hopeful verse, the prophet tells us, “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord. Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” Who knows what scarlet is? It is double dyed, which means our sins being as scarlet, are so red that no amount of tears and suffering can wash them away.
And what are we talking about here? We are talking about the sins of Liberia and Liberians. We as a nation have sinned gravely and greatly and come short of the glory of God. How? Look at all the riches that God has given this land of ours—diamonds, gold, forests, vast acreage of them, wildlife iron, magnesium, some say even uranium — and gifted people!
God has also given us a small population, which means, He has made the whole country MANAGEABLE, so that there need be ABSOLUTELY NO QUARREL AMONGST OURSELVES, FOR THERE IS ENOUGH FOR ALL TO SHARE! But what have we done with all of these blessings? We have squandered these resources by electing BAD LEADERS who are greedy, mean-spirited, self-centered and selfish.
We, too, the very ordinary people, are not too different. Take the ordinary people who steal electricity, many of who are discovered dead, hanging from the poles. Take the ordinary technicians at the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), who if they are not BRIBED, will NOT CONNECT the poor, ordinary people.
Who knows what happened to the Ducor International Hotel recently?
After 12 years of the past administration, the Ducor, West Africa’s first five-star hotel built by President Tubman and opened in 1964, is still not renovated—why? The powers that should have transformed the hotel to its prewar status bypassed a great proposal that would have turned the Ducor and all of its entire surroundings into one of the most beautiful and highly developed spots in West Africa.
And who did the leaders give the Ducor to? A Nigerian company, in return for pittance—little money that compromised their patriotism—if they ever had any, yea, the supreme interest of the Liberian people! With such corrupt behavior and small-mindedness, how can we ever make decisions that will benefit the masses of the poor in our country?
No wonder we, Africa’s oldest independent Republic, have remained among the world’s poorest countries. Is there any wonder, then, that all this corruption, selfishness and wickedness caused us to descend in to fratricidal chaos that wiped out the little development we had achieved? But we at the Daily Observer newspaper have good news for you, our fellow Liberians!
God is not finished with us yet! Remember John 3:16; remember Isaiah 1:18. God does not want us to perish in our depravity—our corruption and witchcraft—that is why He sent His Son Jesus that we might not perish, but have everlasting life! Nor does He want us to sink and drown in our sins, even though they be as scarlet.
The prophet Isaiah who, remember, predicted the coming of Christ, tells us exactly what Jesus later reassures us: “Come let us reason together, says the Lord. Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
And Jesus comes and dies for our sins, that we may escape God’s bar of justice, before which no one can stand, by reassuring us UNCONDITIONAL pardon on only ONE SIMPLE CONDITION—belief in Him. Today, fellow Liberians, God is calling us, in our depravity and poverty, to come and reason with Him.
Let us surround our new Leader, President George Weah, who is most fortunately a follower of God and His Son Jesus, and give our president and his co-workers our unflinching encouragement and support, so that they and all of us may join in lifting our country to higher destiny and place Liberia, at long last, on the trajectory (path) to development and modernity.