Liberian council of churches rejects 'Christian' state proposition
The Liberia Council of Churches (LCC), an umbrella organization of Christians in Liberia, has rejected the proposition which calls for declaring Liberia a Christian state.
According to the President of LCC, Bishop Jonathan B. B. Hart, the Council believes that the mission of the church is to teach all nations and make disciples and not to ‘legitimize’ the Word of God. Bishop Hart stated the LCC’s position on Proposition #24 Monday at a press conference held at a local church in Monrovia.
He stated that the LCC believes that the “mission of the church is to develop the human mind through education and healing as well as creating a free space to share our diversity of gifts and to legitimize religion is to make it legal and compelling for all to accept.”
He indicated that peace is and must be a precondition for the existence as a nation and that Liberia has made significant progress in acknowledging the importance of diversity and religious co-existence.
Bishop Hart noted that in 1990 during the height of the civil conflict, Liberians joined efforts in promoting peace and dialogue through the Inter-Faith Mediation Committee which grouped together Muslims and Christians.
Bishop Hart emphasized that the LCC wishes to announce to the government and people of Liberia, ecumenical partners, the international community and friends that they do not support in any form or manner Proposition #24 of the Constitution Review Committee (CRC) to make Liberia a Christian nation.
It can be recalled that during the Gbarnga Conference of the CRC last year, Proposition #24 was voted upon by delegates to make Liberia a Christian state, something which has sparked off debates in several quarters around the country.
The 25-count proposition emanating from the Gbarnga conference is before the National Legislature from where it could go to a national referendum.