Pass Liberia Not, O Gentle Savior

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Mwalimu-Koh M. Blonkanjay Jackson

By Mwalimu-Koh Moses Blonkanjay Jackson (Author, Educational Engineer, Scholar)

Religiously Thinking Thoughts

January 31, 2021- Following my quiet time with our Savior this morning I reflected on the situations in our country Liberia, and meditated the favorite hymn “Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior”, with reference to the encounter between blind beggar Bartimaeus and the Senior Healer Jesus, as narrated by the Gospel of Mark 10:46-52 when Jesus instead of giving the blind man back his sight as was apparent to the followers, he asked, before acting.

I intuit, the subtle question back to Bartimaeus was, “Do you want to remain begging so that I can move people’s hearts to give you more, or do you want to receive your sight and become an independent prudent bread winner by utilizing your available resources and talents?

51 And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.

52 And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus in the way.

I also reflected how today being Sunday, the doors of our churches would be open to receive worshippers for regular activities, one of which would be diverse prayers from all and sundry members who enter therein.

Today some of you will enter in the presence of the Lord with a list of 100 so-called prayer points as if you are gambling or playing the lottery (any number can win). You will kneel, lie prostrate or stand wailing and shouting at the Compassionate Savior thinking by that action He will be compelled to answer your petitions. Wrong!

In these trying times in Liberia, our nation, like the blind beggar Bartimaeus, has called on the Master and He is waiting for our request. What does Liberia specifically want Christ to do for her? Amidst all the political shenanigans? Amidst the fact that Liberia will not receive the Millennium Challenge money anymore due to poor performance; Amidst the claims and counterclaims of corruption, what does a nation which, though founded on Christian principles and have gone through situations military coups, civil wars, epidemic and pandemic situations, exactly want from God?

Amidst citizens’ self-immolation and lying down under cars in protest for “bread and butter”, what does the nation specifically want my Master to do? Amidst the proliferation of fake pastors and false men of God grossly misusing the pulpit and poised to exploit the situation of our citizens, what is it that the Country want from my Master? O ye who resemble blind Bartimaeus, what do you specifically want?

As you enter the edifice today, do not inundate the Master’s altar with trivial petitions and unnecessary noise, thinking you are genuine. Ask God for something specific that you want him to do for you and Liberia. For example, ask him quench your greed and thirst for attention and power; to quench your craving for promiscuous activities. Jealousy over your fellow man. Cleansing for mysterious deaths. Your dishonest demeanor, you lie on the government because it does not favor you; you steal, you want to create confusion and disturb our peace because the government is not appointing you to a position.

Liberia, Liberian citizens, your question is: “Do you want to remain begging so that Jesus can move people’s hearts to give you more, or do you want to receive your sight and become an independent bread winner by utilizing your available resources and talents without grudge, malice and vindictiveness?

As Liberia has not responded, my spirit man impressed upon me this morning that the Lord could be passing us by and we need to petition Him more specifically as was indicated in the hymn: Pass Me Not O Gentle Savior, hear my humble cry.

Would you now join me in Francis J. Crosby’s (1868) favorite hymn Pass Me Not O gentle savior, and be blessed this Lord’s Day? Note the refrain keenly, the 1st, and the 3rd stanzas.

  1. Pass me not, O gentle Savior,
    Hear my humble cry;
    While on others Thou art calling,
    Do not pass me by.
    • Refrain:
      Savior, Savior, Hear my humble cry,
      While on others Thou art calling,
      Do not pass me by.
  2. Let me at Thy throne of mercy
    Find a sweet relief;
    Kneeling there in deep contrition,
    Help my unbelief.
  3. Trusting only in Thy merit,
    Would I seek Thy face;
    Heal my wounded, broken spirit,
    Save me by Thy grace.
  4. Thou the spring of all my comfort,
    More than life to me,
    Whom have I on earth beside Thee,
    Whom in Heav’n but Thee.

Now may the Lord bless Liberia and keep her and make His face to shine upon her and give grace and give her peace. Not the peace that mankind giveth via mundane gifts and world deceptive destructive theses, but the peace that passeth all understanding in Jesus’ name. Amen.

1 COMMENT

  1. God turned his back on Liberians for being so Stupid, for placing the Dumbest, Stupidest President in place over them for 6 years. Well, they have their “Pro-Poor Government thus will remain poor until they use their brains. No amount of prayers, prostrations on the altar, petitions, and hymn singing will do Liberians any good. Use your brains people, you all have a Corrupt DUMMY and DUMMIES as Leaders what do you expect!!!

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