A Pentecostal preacher, Simeon Dunbar has told a gathering of Christians and officials of government that Liberia’s problem is spiritual and not political as it has been perceived.
Pastor Dunbar of the Liberty Christian Center (LCC) in Garnersville, outside Monrovia said, there are men in the country, who do not fear God disregarding the Biblical maxim that “sin is a reproach to any nation.”
According to Pastor Dunbar, Liberia needs spiritual healing and should therefore, not return to the ugly past, which was characterized by “political instability and civil strives.”
Pastor Dunbar made the statement on Sunday at program marking the honoring of a Liberian businessman, Praise Tony Lawal and four others, who were crowned as Special Fathers of the Year, 2012/2013 by the LCC for their individual and collective “numerous contributions to the church, humanity and their respective communities.”
Pastor Dunbar disclosed that Praise and four others were honored “because God has selected them for the honor.”
He said “you are not being honored, because you are faithful or the best Christians here; you are being honored because God has chosen you among many persons.”
Making reference to 2nd King 2: 12, Pastor Dunbar said it is not proper to honor individuals whom the God Almighty has not destined to be honored.
He then challenged the honorees to see the honor bestowed upon them as a motivation to help change society and continue working for God in their country and their respective communities. The young charismatic preacher told the honorees that as natural or earthly fathers, they need to put on God’s characteristics that others will copy their examples.
He also challenged the church to honor their fathers, noting that man is the nucleus of every organization and society.
The Pentecostal preacher believes that the Church needs father to see further beyond and to grow feathers.
As Deacon of LCC, Mr. Lawal is a member of the Church’s Men Department, who has contributed to the growth of Liberty Christian Center.
Mr. Lawal, a Nigerian naturalized Liberian, owns a chain of businesses including transport services, construction firm, among others in Monrovia and its environs.
Others crowned as “Special Fathers of the Year” are Pastors Joseph Wanbu Sr., Koladele Kayode Ayedona, Deacon Adolphus G. Scott and Bro. Edward M. Gonyah.
In brief remark, Mrs. Janet Bernard, who is also an elderly sister to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, congratulated the honorees and lauded the Church for particularly honoring Deacon Lawal and the others.
She reminded the honorees of the need to remain focused and continue in the things of God. Liberia Bank for Development (LBDI) President John David, who presented certificates to the honorees on behalf of the Church, congratulated Mr. Lawal for the honor that was bestowed on him and the four others.
The program attracted several personalities including Chief of Protocol at the Executive Mansion, Elijah Seah, National Port Authority Managing Director, Martina Packer, Guarantee Trust Bank managing director, Dan Orogun, amongst others.