Christmas, December 25th, the birthday anniversary of Jesus Christ is one of, if not the most celebrated event of the entire year. It is a time for business, for religious worship and for stock-taking of the activities of the entire year so as to make a New Year's Resolution. In most cases the New Year's Resolution is centered on making a commitment to do away with the vices of the past, including negative habits.
Surely, Liberia is a Christian Country. This is evidenced by the number of graduates and school going children, most of whom are of Christian background. In fact, the composition of cabinet Ministers and other top officials of government equally attest to the fact that indeed, the pioneers from America, known as Americo-Liberians who founded Liberia in 1822, were mostly Christians. The next largest religious grouping after Christianity is Islam, as can be seen by the many Mosques that are gradually emerging in Monrovia and its environs.
The idea behind Christmas Day is to honor the birth anniversary of a great man, Jesus Christ, and not necessarily because Christ was born on December 25th. In fact, December 25th in the Roman calendar was observed as a pagan holiday. The head of the Christian church in that era before Protestantism wanted a date during which people make merry and joy and stories were told that Christ was born around that time although the exact date is unknown.
Today, Christmas remains a formidable force to reckon with in honoring the birth anniversary of Christ. Indeed, just to celebrate Christmas, more people go to church on Christmas Eve or on Christmas day than at any other time of the year. Jesus Christ is regarded by Christians as the savior and the redeemer of the world through whom Christian believers gain eternal life.
Christmas should symbolize what Jesus stood for. He was a simple man, teaching, healing and showing the way to eternal salvation. He showed mercy to the poor and the afflicted. A real Christian is one who shares with the less fortunate and dedicated to advancing the works of the Christian church. Christmas is time to obey the commandment of self-denial and to 'take up the cross and follow Christ!'
What constitutes one of the gravest obstacles of the day is that there are many who profess to be Christians but in actual fact they are devoid of following the examples of Christ. In other words there are today many hypocrite Christians, as they lack the true Christian spirit of giving and sharing especially with the less fortunate. They lack the spirit of showing mercy in times of adversity. Christ showed compassion on several of sick people in the Bible. He also preached the Sermon on the Mount to thousands of followers after which he realized that the multitude must be hungry having spent almost the entire day listening to him.
As a predominantly Christian country, we are convinced that one way to exemplify the true Christian ideals is a return to basic Christian values of faith, hope and charity. So that by their fruits including their good works they can be known by others. The real Christian abhors discrimination because Christ came for the gentiles, the Jews and the entire four corners of the world. In fact his own Jewish people betrayed him and killed him on the cross, but in fulfillment of the scriptures that after three days in the grave there will be a resurrection.
We extend to our many customers merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. This is a Christmas that coincides with the 9th anniversary of the founding of the informative Informer Newspaper. Together, we remain committed to making Liberia a better place by putting hands on deck with stakeholders to fight corruption, nepotism, abuse of office and abject poverty without any compromise, hypocrisy and leniency.