Liberians, especially those Christians who are calling for Liberia to be declared a Christian State following a weeklong conference on the revisit of the Liberian constitution in Gbarnga, Bong County last week, have vowed to mercifully pray on Friday, April 19, 2015, a day set aside as Fast and Prayer Day to be observed throughout the country as a National Holiday.
Many of those who spoke to our reporter on the observing of this day, said they will use the day to call on God for their request (Declaring Liberia as a Christian State) to be granted, noting, “We will pray to God on that day for our long awaited request to be answered,” Annie Daniels in a chat with our reporter said.
Ms. Daniels is amongst several others Liberian Christians in our survey today who want to use that day to call on God for their wishes for Liberia to be declared as a Christian state.
Question that flips the lips of some of those who spoke tom our reporter is, “What do those who are calling for Liberia to be declared a Christian expect in return? When in fact there are more bad people then good people in this country of ours. Will their behaviors changed if this Country becomes a Christian State?”
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Proclamation of the day is in consonance with an Act of the National Legislature passed in 1883, which declared the Second Friday in April each year as a National Holiday, says a Ministry of Foreign Affairs release.
The proclamation notes that this is for supplication, fasting and meditation to the Almighty God “so that our efforts as a people may be crowned with great achievements to the common cause of the nation, the state and our common humanity.”
Accordingly, President Sirleaf has directed that all public offices, business houses and market places remain closed during the observance while citizens and foreign residents will cease their usual daily occupations in recognition of God’s love and guidance.
The Proclamation calls on all residents of Liberia, including Prelates, Priests, Elders, Deacons, Evangelists and Imams, regardless of religious creed, to gather together in one accord in their respective places of worship, wearing simple and non-costly apparel to fast and pray from 8 O’clock in the morning.
The Proclamation states that at this time in the affairs of the nation, when there have been unusual and extraordinary outbreaks and man-provoked national crises that have caused much harm, devastation, destruction, particularly the deadly Ebola Disease from which the country is gradually recovering, it is proper to give due recognition to God by whose grace the nation has been spared.