How The Church Can Change Liberia

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By Alexander Redd, Th.D 

As events unfold in Liberia over the years, we are witnessing the devolution of a nation. It doesn’t matter which side of the political aisle you rest, Liberia is increasingly becoming a divided nation as signs of disunity and conflicts abound. From family breakdowns, violence, economic meltdowns to the abiding selfish divide that captures the three branches of government’s inability to function, it is clear we are a fraying nation. Additionally, the moral decay is engulfing us. Whether it is misuse of public funds, resources, a media that continues to dumb down decency, or an educational system that increasingly seeks to impart information without ethics in the name of freedom from religion, our homeland is in serious trouble! Apparently, things are unraveling at warp speed.

At the same time, we face a threat not only our future, but the destiny of our children and grandchildren as well. Liberia, a land enshrined in liberty for all, is quickly becoming a place of nightmare where there is no guarantee for individual safety. Arm robbery and theft are increasingly posing serious threat as more and more citizens become disillusioned with the direction things are going. People gather in various quarters – be it government sanctioned summit or civic groups – seeking to find solutions to the myriad of issues plaguing us, and yet, real long-term answers continue to elude us.

In the midst of all this, God’s church seems to be impassive in praying for real answers to real problems, in spite of increased presence of Christian literature, churchgoers, programming, and facilities. God is calling Liberia to turn back to Him, in the hope that He will reverse our course and restore our unity to His definition of what a nation ought to be, when it operates under His rule. Such restoration must be led by His church; for God will empower the church to change the Executive Mansion (Ephesians 3:10). Liberia’s best hope is God and His rule through the church.

The church operating under His authority is the means for the realization of that hope. The church alone has been given the keys of the kingdom (Matthew 16:18-19). I believe God, working through the church, can bring genuine spiritual transformation and tangible change to rebuilding Liberia.

Therefore, I encourage, inspire, and challenge believers in Christ Jesus to become disciples through whom our God can work to bring revival to His church and through the church, to our beloved Liberia.

Liberia’s Problem is Spiritual 

Read online news, newspapers or turn on political talk shows at any given time and you will be privy to turmoil and ruin on a myriad of levels. True, some stories rise to the surface as having a greater and more long-term impact, but the sheer volume of crisis in our homeland today is alarming. News analysts often give a political, economic, or even social diagnosis for what had gone wrong. Moreover, the media and others hold the Liberian culture as culprit for our problems. Yet, despite it all, we rarely make a spiritual connection to our problems.

The condition in Liberia today and in our lives, is spiritual at its root and requires a spiritual solution. The right diagnosis is that we have committed cosmic treason against God (Romans 3:23). We cannot discount the impact we are experiencing as a nation under crisis. In Romans chapter 1, we clearly discover that the root cause of destruction and devastation is often tied to the physical consequences of turning away from God.

However, we just think that the economy tanked, the collective health of our citizenry diminished, dysfunctional families, insidious redefinition of marriage under the rubric of gender equality, and political uncertainty erupt by themselves, while government sees these problems too large to handle. Because of hearts hardening toward and turning from God, He allowed — as the natural consequence of spiritual rebellion — internal damage and deterioration to occur, ultimately affecting a nation. It is not that the people referenced in Romans didn’t know God either. In fact we read, “For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks” (verse 21).

They distanced themselves from God and His Word, which is a pattern we see in the Old Testament times of spiritual judgment that serves as the core cause of those judgments. The root of individual, family, and societal mess still stems from the same cause of distance from God. The church is not immune from similar root problem, either.

Is the Church’s Influence Diminishing?

It appears that the church has become a co-conspirator in its own demise through compromise with the culture. The church has lost its ability and authority to influence those around us. We have divided and aligned ourselves with the power and preferences of man. We have let the compromising realities of politics erect a division between us, permitting political expedience to override the kingdom of God.

Until we recognize each other as representatives of the same kingdom, thus responding through an intentional embracing of oneness in purpose, we will continue to contribute to the devolution of Liberia. Either two things are happening in the face of all these things: the end time is near as ever before with expectation of Christ’s return to judge and establish his earthly kingdom or we are enduring an active or passive wrath of God whereby He allows a person or a society to experience the consequences of their rejection of Him. The more people marginalize the true God of the Bible the more chaotic things become.

The crises we face in Liberia should open the door for revival when God’s church returns to Him in humility and repentance. We have the ability to revive our social and cultural benefits very much so. The Liberian church can be empowered when it turns about to God in repentance. Church, used in this context, is not necessarily a building. Rather, it refers to every professing followers of Jesus Christ (Body of Christ).

God is the True Solution 

The problem with Liberia today is that we turn too quickly between God and other things that we look to in His place. As a result Liberia is undergoing the consequences through active and passive wrath of God. Our nation’s ills are not merely the result of corrupt politicians, for our troubles can be traced directly to ineffective Christians (believers in Christ Jesus). The real tragedy is that the Liberian church, as a whole, has not fully advance God’s kingdom and principles in society in order to be godly influence for good in Liberia. Moreover, when God is your problem, only God is your solution.

As mentioned already, the impetus behind the problems, even crises, occurring in Liberia today is spiritual, even though the symptoms reveal themselves as physical, social, financial, cultural, and more. Those are merely the fruit. That’s why we will never see lasting solutions until we – the body of believers – appropriately return to God. Until we hear His voice.

Until we humbly fast and pray and get on the same page of seeking the face of God. Liberia’s solution to its problems will not be found in the executive office of the presidency. In a speech, President George Weah revealed this divine fact, knowing it is not him but God can save and change Liberia: “I ask Liberians to pray so that God will bring peace and stability, and bring about unification to ourselves.” Our solutions will primarily be found in the house of God, because God is ultimately in charge and God’s people have priority access to Him.

No Lasting Solution and Change in Politics- Only God 

The problem is that too many people are looking to the government for solutions. They believe the government can save them from all the woes of life. And because of that, they see the ballot box as a way out in the election of public officials. Thus, putting their hope in the political realm. But God warns us about what happens when we put our hope in kings (1 Samuel 8:9-18). There is no salvation in such thing as government (Judges 8:22-23).

There is no need to look any further, because God alone sits as the potentate of the universe, saying – as He did through the prophet in Ezekiel 43 – “I am the only Savior in town.” Therefore, what we need in our nation today is a radical, comprehensive, covenantal return to the God of the Bible, our true and only Savior. We can do so through collective revival when we seek revival from the individual level to the family, church, and society. Moreover, we need to integrate and influence culture through all possible media. These efforts will not only require the church, but also require the cooperation of the masses for the common good.

Because God is the Sovereign of His universe, it follows that He is intimately concerned with the political affairs of the nations. Nothing happens in the governments of men that does not flow out of the sovereign rule of God. “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He wishes” (Proverbs 2:11). All through the Bible we see God placing people strategically in the political realm (Genesis 41:38-49; Daniel 1:8-21; 2:46-49; 6:1-3; Judges4-5 ). Moreover, God created the church to act as a vehicle for his rule and glory.

To talk about the activity of God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son both in history and in the future is to merge the sacred with the secular in the arena of politics. We may also talk about separation of church and state, there can never be a separation of God and good works because good works bring glory to God (Matthew 5:16). Nevertheless, we must be mindful of insidious politics that can cause division and hatred instead of love. God’s house belongs to Him and, therefore, politics of our day should have no place there.

It is not the CDC’s view and God’s view that we are to proclaim in the church. Neither is it UP’s CPPs, COP’s , LP’s view and God’s view that we are to have. Only God’s view supersedes all in all. God has given us a roadmap as a blueprint through His Word to upright society. It is only God who rules, and His people have been called to influence society. Therefore, the goal and the bedrock of our activity is for us to become Christ’s true disciples to bring glory to Almighty God.

God is Calling our Nation to Pray

Unrighteousness and evil have dominated the Liberian culture because God’s glory has been marginalized. Make no mistake about it: Liberia’s future is not in the hands of the politicians or the social scientists. Most don’t know what to do. They are “always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (2 Timothy 3:7). The reason the future of our culture is in the hands of Christians is that the cause of our cultural demise is spiritual. And if a problem is spiritual, its cure must be spiritual. Our greatest sources of hope we have is the promise that we can move God’s heart and hand through prayer. We must return to our knees. If we are to restore our whole nation, including great family life, this incredible verse holds everything you need to know.

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

In this hallmark passage, God calls us to pray. Prayer is an earthly request for heavenly intervention. Prayer enacts God’s hand in history like nothing else because prayer is relational communication with God. In the midst of the motions, we dare not forget that what is on the inside is what matters most. Going to church and filling up on good music, worship, fellowship, and the Word is good, but until we have the right stuff down deep within – the living Spirit of God – we will continue to merely bump along, not getting far at all. One of the greatest tragedies of the Liberian church today is that we are operating like everyone else does – like a civic group or social party.

We know the God of the universe and the Creator of the nations, yet we are sitting around waiting for our solutions to come from the powers-that-be. God has given us a Helper, the Holy Spirit, who can. The root of the problem facing us, though, keenly reflects what the prophet Ezekiel spoke of concerning the Israelites in his day. The Israelites, like Liberians today, no longer comprised one nation under God. The prophets words, found in Ezekiel 43, addressed the return of the glory of God to the temple. God’s previous absence had brought chaos in the land.

The citizens witnessed an increase in crime, social deterioration, and a lack of order as Ezekiel announced God’s return and reasons for leaving a wayward people (Ezekiel 43:7-9). Human kings (the government) set up shop among God’s rule in God’s house. God had made clear that His house was to have only one throne-His own. But Israel had allowed politics to interfere with God’s house. Because of that, God’s glory left. God’s covering departed. His influence, power, protection, and guidance was removed because Israel invited another throne to sit next to His own. In today’s Liberia, they had allowed  partisan politics, tribalistic practices, secularism, humanism, and the likes to intrude on God’s viewpoint and His rule-in His house.

Conclusion

The absence of righteousness in the Liberian culture has everything to do with the absence of God’s people living as His disciples and thus influencing the culture. Jesus said we are the “salt” and ”light”of the earth. Salt penetrates food for good taste while “light” shines in the dark. We are called to penetrate the culture for godly influence. Indeed our elected officials of the political landscape to be servants according to Romans chapter 13, but their politics is not the “salt and “light” of the earth.” Why? Because the people of God are the only ones endowed with the spiritual resources necessary to do God’s work God’s way (Matthew 5:13-16).

If enough of us will commit to follow Christ Jesus as His disciples, we will gain the ability to positively influence our culture and our country, turning to God. Otherwise, we are guilty of helping to destroy Liberia simply by our spiritual neglect, inertia, and lack of commitment. Our culture is deprived of righteousness because we fail to live as disciples of Christ Jesus to influence the Liberian culture. The nagging and challenging question remains: are we ready to influentially penetrate the decaying culture of our time with the Gospel – the good news?

The author, Alexander Redd, is a Liberian and Christian theologian. A founding member of the Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas (ALJA), he formerly worked as a broadcast journalist in Liberia and served as guidance counselor at both Oakland and Berkeley Unified School Districts in California. He can be reached at [email protected].

11 COMMENTS

  1. Dear Webmaster Admin,

    Through this medium, I would like you to sincerely thank the author of this inspirational and thoughtful devotion this morning. I would suggest that you provide a wide audience to Mr. Alexander Redd to speak to the Liberian people. If possible, let him be given airtimes on local radios to speak into depth and lengthily on the topics he has just touched, and let the message be translated into our vernaculars. He has just hit the nail on the head. He clearly and simply diagnosed the root causes of the problems in Liberia.

    When I was coming up, I was told, and often read that Liberia was founded on Christian principles. What are those principles?
    Indiscriminate killings of our fellow kinsmen?
    Opening the bellies of pregnant women to see the sex of a baby?
    Eating human flesh to prove that we are men enough; cannibalism?
    Consistent and compulsive lying to the weak and illiterate by impoverishing them?
    Embezzling the country’s resources to be stocked in foreign banks for the benefit of a privileged few?
    Abandonment of the sacraments of God for so-called “modernization” through lesbianism and homosexuality where the family is no longer the core of the society?
    Hypocritically preaching the Gospel to please a major donor?
    Signing diabolic pacts with human blood to mystically dominate other people? …….

    Sorry to deceive you but these are not Christians’ principles and values. As the author rightly said, our major problem is spiritual. To effectively tackle our problems, we need someone at the helm of leadership who has TRIED, through his/her life, to uphold these values. In the other words, the head needs to be clean and righteous.

    You cannot have the people who committed such heinous crimes against the people of Liberia to be in leadership and expect miracles!
    You cannot have the people who committed such heinous crimes against the people of Liberia to be in leadership and expect economic boom!
    You cannot have the people who committed such heinous crimes against the people of Liberia to be in leadership and expect political stability!
    You cannot have the people who committed such heinous crimes against the people of Liberia to be in leadership and expect peace and joy in the nation!
    You cannot have the people who committed such heinous crimes against the people of Liberia to be in leadership and expect harmony amongst the peoples!
    You cannot have the people who committed such heinous crimes against the people of Liberia to be in leadership and expect true reconciliation!
    You cannot have the people who committed such heinous crimes against the people of Liberia to be in leadership and expect real and positive change!

    These are some reasons I support Cummings, a man who fears God, respects and upholds family values, encourages hard work, promotes excellence, despises arrogance, a man of humility, of mutual respect for every human being irrespective of your social standings.
    God can favor such leader when he humbly bows and supplicates for the forgiveness of his people.

    Liberia let’s seek God first, the rest shall be added unto us. To seek Him, we need to SINCERELY repent, not an arrangement before you and your “pastor” or “priest” or “imam” but a sincere one.
    Like the tax collector, give back the wealth of the people that made you a rich man overnight. Start working for yours;
    Apologize to the families you left in sorrow by taking the lives of their loved ones;
    Get rid of the “juju” that is giving you timely fame and power, and turn back to your Creator, the God of Israel;
    Put an end to the pact you signed with the devil. Meet a REAL pastor or priest, he or she can show you the way to withstand any vengeance attacks;
    If not qualified enough but sticking unto a position because of your “juju”, humbly resign and shamelessly declare you CANNOT make it. Like Saul, God can rename you Paul if you are the man for the situation.

    May God richly bless you for taking these bold steps to alleviate the sufferings of our people.

    Peace unto you!
    Please don’t kill me for my frantic views!

  2. Our interactions with each other show how strong the Church. Despising others for what they are is the problem especially when you can’t help in their situations. The Golden Rule should be the yardstick.

  3. Alex Redd, you have mouth to come rant here about “it is clear we are a fraying nation; additionally, the moral decay is engulfing us, and at the same time, we face a threat not only our future, but the destiny of our children and grandchildren as well” WHEN JUST THE OTHER DAY COPS WERE CHASING YOU FROM ESCAPING THE USA FOR CHILD MOLESTATION? You better take back your pretense and do not let us open up on you, you child molester.

  4. Thank you, Dr. Alexander Redd, for these worth righteous ideas. My family and church appreciate this article very much. We love reading all of your past articles as well. You’re an inspirational man that our Lord has anointed, and please don’t allow devilish thinking minded people to distract and discourage you in expression of positive contributions to finding answers to our homeland problems. My church will be inviting you to speak during mid December in Trenton, New Jersey. Please look forward to receiving a formal invitation soon. May God grant you more grace, knowledge and wisdom.

  5. Alex Redd, whether you come a million times in the disguise of fake names, or some uninformed ignoramus portraying in futility and hypocrisy, you are an immoral individual who is on police and court records for sexual misconduct and child molestation . If you attempt any further false defenses, I shall be left with no other alternative to disgrace you by pasting your child molestation records on this site.

    • Mr. Dortu-Siboe Doe, they say anything that walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, is a duck no matter the disguise. So you can fool yourself thinking you’ve got us all fooled with this silly “Max Muhammad” see-through moniker. If you believe in the first place that the bunch of nonsense you write here all the time, insulting others at that is fine, then why are you hiding behind a pseudonym? The darn swine and cowards you and fellow degenerates are, must be so indefensible to warrant this hypocrisy. Shame on you!

  6. LET GOD BE YOUR DEFENDER

    November 23, 2019

    “I depend on God alone; I put my hope in him. He alone protects and saves me; he is my defender, and I shall never be defeated. My salvation and honor depend on God; he is my strong protector; he is my shelter” (Psalm 62:5-7 GNT).

    There are always going to be people in your life who misunderstand you and people who don’t like you. There will always be people who criticize you, judge you, attack you, and spread rumors about you.

    When you are misunderstood, you’re going to have a tendency to get in there and defend yourself. When you’re attacked, your first reaction is often to attack back—just like the rest of us. When people criticize you, you want to criticize back. When people insult you, you want to insult them back.

    Don’t do it! Let God be your defender. Every time you are under attack, criticized, put down, or misunderstood, you have two choices: You can defend yourself, or you can let God defend you. Which will it be? Who do you think can do a better job defending you? God can.

    Pay attention to this: You’re most like Christ when you say nothing in the face of attack, lies, and unfair criticism. You’re most like Jesus when you remain silent and leave it in God’s hands.

    “When [Jesus] was insulted, he did not answer back with an insult; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but placed his hopes in God, the righteous Judge” (1 Peter 2:23 GNT).

    Even Jesus did not fight back in the face of his unjust conviction and persecution. He trusted God to defend him when it mattered most and to have the ultimate justice.

    In the Bible, King David was criticized and attacked his entire life. In fact, for most of his life, people wanted to kill him because they were jealous of him.

    In Psalm 62:5-7, David said this: “I depend on God alone; I put my hope in him. He alone protects and saves me; he is my defender, and I shall never be defeated. My salvation and honor depend on God; he is my strong protector; he is my shelter” (GNT).

    A lot of people are going to be jealous of your success, too, and they’ll want to attack you for many different reasons. But like David, you need to let God be your protector, your Savior, your defender, your victor, and your shelter.

    Let God handle it. Let him be your defense.

  7. Pete Gboyo, my buddy,
    Hope you are in good spirits as Christmas looms around the corner.
    Just out of curiosity, how do you know whether Marx Mohammed is unmistakably the same guy as Dortu-Siboe?

    A few months ago, possibly close to a year, Dortu-Siboe Doe was an active commenter on our blog/block. He hasn’t been heard from for a while. I wish you and comrade Doe well.

  8. I truly reading this article. It was very enlightening. True, as a people and as a nation, we have lost our way and it will do us well to heed 2 Chronicles 7:14.

    Mr. Redd, i look for to reading more of your articles.

    Uncle Hney, i am out of the country and will return the 29th to get ready for my main trip in which you said you will treat me. My dad said not to eat anything because when Uncle Hney treats a person, he treats big.

    Peace

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