Dear Mr. Editor:
I am not a theologian, neither am I a biblical scholar; but I was born, baptized, confirmed and nurtured in the Christian faith of the highest order by practice. During my up-bringing, I was told by my late father who served as a renowned United Methodist Pastor for 55 unbroken years and died at the age of 106 years in 1980,, that there are so many religions up to the thousands in the world, the major eight being; Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Shinto and Taoism, and that none of them supreme over the others. He further told me that the best recipe for peaceful co-existence in any nation is religious tolerance. At his age and with his level of training and vast experience, I swallowed everything he said, hook and sinker.
The First Amendment of the United States Constitution after which ours is patterned, guarantees that Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of any religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. Various court rulings have interpreted this First Amendment to mean that the government shall not promote or give special treatment to any religion whatsoever, which “special treatment” our learned brothers and sisters in Christiandom are opting for. Since their campaign, I have been wondering what the motive behind the advocacy of a Christian nation actually is. Looking at same from the economic, political, social and religious angles, I wonder what is there for us to gain as a nation for the betterment of the state.
The God of mercy and compassion whom we do not see but believe and serve, is not interested in religious supremacy but in those who believe in him, serve him with sincerity in the beauty of his holiness and doeth his holy will. If you are a Christian, be a faithful Christian, doing sincerely the will of the Most High without ceasing, to the end of time. If you are a Muslim, a Buddhist, a Hindu, etc, be the best of whatever you are according to your faith which is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen because, it is by faith that one enters eternal life and not by religious superiority. The 1847 Constitution which claims that Liberia was founded on Christian principles is no more. That constitution was drafted by the few elite Christians who came from the United States of America, seeking for a home, to the exclusion of their Muslim brothers and sisters who they met here, and whom they felt were not their peers in civilization.
Interestingly, the 1986 constitution provides for a secular state to embrace all religions within the territorial confines of Liberia. It therefore does not seem plausible at this time for some of our brothers and sisters to revert to yester years and pluck out an idea that will not benefit us anything good but acrimony to the detriment of the entire populace. Let the word go forth that God the omnipotent, the omniscient and omnipresent Father is not a commodity on a supermarket shelf to be bought and exclusively owned and claimed by any individual or a selective group of people. Promoting one religion above the others has the propensity to engender a religious war for which we are not prepared, after co-existing for decades.
I therefore call upon our fellow Christians to abandon their call and stop fermenting chaos under the guise of Christianity. I further call upon our lawmakers in the interest of peace and tranquility, to quash any petition that may be presented to them by any group calling for a Christian state. A stitch in time saves nine. This article was published some two years ago.
Snosio B. Twegby
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