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Too Many Liberian Churches in Minnesota

'Having too many churches in Minnesotas modest Liberian community is no different from our homelands divisive politics, which have led to countless political parties and a civil system that has become a laughing stock.'

The Liberian Journal, Commentary, Paul Jackson Posted: Jan 09, 2009

As greed continues to bully its way through the pulpits of many Christian congregations in Minnesotas Liberian community, I am wondering how long unsuspecting worshippers and dedicated churchgoers will continue to aid and abet the proliferation of so many Liberian churches in Minnesota.

Anecdotal evidence suggests there are about 41 Liberian churches in Minnesota, but because new churches keep surfacing every other second, I am almost convinced that we have more than 50 Liberian churches in Minnesota.

While Salvation remains the official pretext for the establishment of so many splinter churches and fragmented religious groups in the Liberian community, I am convinced that avarice or the love of money is the official motive. I am aware that I am going out on a limb by making such insinuations, but what else could be responsible for this religious malady thats plaguing our community? Some of these guys and girls have realized how easy it is to make a quick tax-exempt dollar from the pulpit.

The biblical scholars and historians in our community might not quite agree with me and might even contend that this kind of schism in the Christian church is as old as the days of antiquity. Yes, this kind of behavior is not uncommon, but what kind of message are our church leaders sending, when they keep bickering over mundane matters? Arent they proving to be just as naughty as our politicians?

Do these church leaders really expect us to take them seriously when they are the same folks always preaching against Liberia having so many political parties? How different is political division from having so many churches to serve just a few worshippers?

Dont get me wrong; I am not pretending that the Liberian church in Minnesota is, or should be a 100 percent homogenous body. No! I acknowledge that some churches do have long traditions, different philosophies, and varying spiritual and theological worldviews.

But those are not the churches Im concerned about. I am speaking of some of those self-ordained war time ministers who have found their niche in an affluent Minnesota community and have realized how easy it is to cause chaos or discord in one church while concocting a serpentine scheme of establishing or forming their own gorbachop (corrupt) congregation.

What is wrong with us, my people? Havent we realized that we could create a strong Christian or religious synergy when we work together? Isnt it preposterous for us to think that Christ would become more available when we work in fragmented groups, than as a Christian commonwealth?

I am not going to sling mud on any particular individual. There are many well-meaning custodians of Gods word in Minnesotas Liberian community who are doing the right thing. Those in our community establishing their own churches for economic reasons or self-gratification need to stop right now. The weah-weah (low quality) pastors masquerading around the community need to stop bringing our religious community into disrepute.

Again, having too many churches in Minnesotas modest Liberian community is no different from our homelands divisive politics, which have led to countless political parties and a civil system that has become a laughing stock. Liberias religious community in Minnesota risks being scorned and laughed at if church leaders dont reframe their priorities and religious agenda.

Paul Jackson can be reached at elpaulay@yahoo.com.

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