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.