“The Church’s Role vs. Political Meddling in Liberia: A Call for Integrity”

Authored by: Atty. Samora P. Z. Wolokolie, PhD., CA., CPA., CFE., FCFIP., FFA (UK), FIPA (Aus.), LLB.

In Liberia, the Liberian Council of Churches (LCC) has long been regarded as a non-political entity, serving as the moral compass and mediator in times of national trouble. However, recent events have raised concerns about the integrity of this esteemed institution. The involvement of former President Ellen Sirleaf and the establishment of a situation room within the LCC have sparked a heated debate, undermining the church’s impartiality and potentially jeopardizing the democratic process. This article aims to shed light on these developments and emphasize the importance of upholding the church’s sanctity in Liberia’s political landscape.

The LCC’s Traditional Role

For years, the LCC has played a vital role in Liberia, acting as a guardian of the nation’s conscience. Its primary focus has been on promoting peace, advocating for justice, and providing spiritual guidance to the people. As a trusted mediator, the LCC has been instrumental in resolving conflicts and fostering unity among diverse communities. Its non-partisan stance has been pivotal in maintaining the church’s sacredness and credibility, allowing it to effectively serve the interests of all Liberians.

The Concerning Meddling of Ellen Sirleaf

Former President Ellen Sirleaf, a respected figure both nationally and internationally, should be cognizant of the delicate balance between political involvement and the church’s integrity. However, her recent actions have raised eyebrows and threatened to compromise the LCC’s impartiality. By funding and launching a situation room within the LCC, Sirleaf has seemingly overstepped the boundaries of her role as a stateswoman. Such interference in the electoral process taints the church’s reputation and dims its role as a trusted mediator.

The Danger of Political Influence within the Church

The establishment of a situation room by the LCC, at the behest of Sirleaf, marks a worrisome departure from the church’s traditional mandate. Historically, the church has never sought to influence public opinion on election outcomes or engage in partisan political activities. The introduction of this situation room within the LCC blurs the line between the church and politics. This development threatens to erode public trust in the church and undermines its ability to effectively mediate during times of crisis.

Preserving the Sanctity of the Church

It is imperative to safeguard the non-political nature of the LCC and protect its reputation as a neutral entity. The church’s strength lies in its ability to transcend political divisions and act as a unifying force in Liberian society. To preserve this sacred role, the LCC must refocus on its core mission of promoting peace, justice, and spiritual guidance. It should distance itself from political interference and refrain from engaging in activities that compromise its integrity.

A Call for Integrity and Reflection

In light of recent events, it is paramount that all stakeholders involved, particularly the LCC leadership, engage in self-reflection and reevaluate their actions. The church’s credibility and its ability to fulfill its role as the conscience of the nation are at stake. The LCC must reaffirm its commitment to neutrality, rejecting any form of political meddling or bias.

The Liberian Council of Churches has long been a symbol of moral strength and unity in Liberia. To maintain its credibility and effectiveness, it must remain apolitical and uphold its role as a mediator and spiritual guide. The involvement of Ellen Sirleaf and the establishment of a situation room within the LCC are alarming developments that threaten the sanctity of the church and its ability to serve as a trusted mediator. The church must prioritize its integrity over political agendas and ensure that it remains a beacon of hope, justice, and unity for all Liberians.

The LCC’s reputation as a non-partisan entity should not be compromised for the sake of short-term political gains or personal agendas. The church has a sacred duty to uphold the principles of truth, fairness, and justice, even in the face of political pressure. By succumbing to external influences and engaging in partisan activities, the LCC risks losing the trust and respect of the people it is meant to serve.

Furthermore, the establishment of a situation room within the LCC raises concerns about transparency and impartiality. The church should not be involved in activities that could potentially manipulate or influence election results. It is essential that the LCC remains neutral and independent, providing a safe space for open dialogue, reconciliation, and guidance during times of uncertainty.

The actions of former President Ellen Sirleaf and her associates, including Madam Medina Wesseh, send a dangerous message that undermines the democratic process. One round victory has been achieved in Liberia’s history, and attempting to dismiss the possibility of such an outcome is not only misleading but also undermines the faith of the people in their electoral system.

The Liberian people deserve a fair and transparent electoral process, free from undue interference and manipulation. The church, as an institution that holds immense moral authority, must stand firm in its commitment to upholding democratic values and ensuring a level playing field for all candidates.

It is crucial for the LCC leadership to reflect on the potential consequences of their actions and recommit themselves to the core principles that have guided them thus far. The church should be a unifying force in Liberia, transcending political divisions and working towards the betterment of society as a whole.

In conclusion, the Liberian Council of Churches must reclaim its non-political status and reaffirm its commitment to being the conscience of the nation. The church’s role as a mediator and source of guidance should not be tainted by political meddling or personal interests. The LCC has the power to foster unity, promote peace, and ensure a fair electoral process. Let us preserve the sanctity of the church and work towards a Liberia where the voice of the people is heard, and the democratic principles are upheld with unwavering integrity.

2 Comments
  1. Garsuah Gborvlehn says

    So called ecclesiastical authorities, the clergy or the church in toto CANNOT BE A MORAL COMPASS when you have drunkards as Samuel Reeves of the Baptist Church after getting drunk on Friday and Saturday night and comes on Sunday morning to spit on the EMPTY PEWS in the church.

    How can the church be a moral compass when you had this same and very drunkard Sam Reeves abandoning the church to go and hustle for political gravy depending on state funds at the CBL and our offerings and tithes he took away from our churches? And he ended up with less than 1 percent of the vote.

    No institution can become a moral compass when such an institution is worse than a septic tank or also as what Jesus described them as hypocrites when he said “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness.“

    You saw the other one Lucas Richards caught slaughtering and cutting of the head of a member of his church Jessica Lloyd who he had been committing fornication and adultery with, and had instructed to commit abortion simply because he believed such savagery on his past would have masked his being a satan on pulpit

  2. John Gray says

    This guy claims he has a PhD along with a string of all kinds of academic qualifications, yet his understanding of church and state is so pedestrian and shallow. Haven’t he ever read about the concept of ‘Liberation Theology’? How can the church or religious leaders consider themselves moral guardians or consciences of their society or their flocks if they don’t fight injustice, corruption, extra-judicial killings, etc., or ensure that their congregations are faring well? Should the church and religious leaders close their eyes and ears to such criminalities being perpetrated against the people right before them? Has Samora Wolokolie been hibernating somewhere while his corrupt leader has been irreligiously using his pulpit in his so-called Forky Klon Church to spew out garbage and obscene remarks at his political opponents? Does Wolokolie see any distinction between church and politics in Weah’s nonsensical discourses in that church? What is wrong with the church getting involved in taking part in civil awareness and activities that can enhance peace and stability in society? When the inter-faith mediation committe plays a pivotal role in search of peace and political stability, why doesn’t Wolokolie take umbrage with that? For someone who considers himself as educated, it defies logic that Wolokolie can be so ignorant about church-state relationship in this day and age. Wolokolie should pay more attention to the evil being carried out by his corrupt CDC government which continues to loot the country, and whose functionaries, including Wolokolie himself, are building and buying mansions and apartment buildings in and out of the country with stolen wealth. He needs to realize that no matter how long the rain pours, it will stop one day, and that the day of reckoning for those who have in the past six years subjected the Liberian people to extreme poverty and deprivations of all sorts is just around the corner.

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