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Refuse To Be Silenced: Vote And Be Heard

By Alexander L. Redd, Th.D.

September 29, 2023

As the anticipated Liberian national elections rapidly approach on October 10, the nation’s political future hangs precariously in the balance. Considering this critical juncture, I implore politicians, voters, the church community, traditional tribal leaders, other religious groups, civil organizations, foreign allies, and the press to foster a spirit of restraint and tranquility.

Liberia stands on the precipice of change, where each decision we make as a nation carries immense weight. It is crucial that politicians, the custodians of our collective destiny, exercise prudence and humility in their campaigns. Let us remember that our ultimate goal should be the welfare and progress of Liberia rather than personal gain or political feuds. By conducting our discourse with respect and dignity, we can inspire hope and unity among our fellow citizens.

To our esteemed voters, I implore you to approach the upcoming elections with a sense of responsibility and discernment. Refuse to be silent. Vote for your conscience. Your voice matters. Be heard aloud. Your choice holds the power to shape our nation’s path for years. Let us evaluate each candidate’s vision, integrity, and dedication to improving Liberia. By casting our ballots based on these virtues, we can ensure that our voices resonate with the genuine aspirations of our beloved homeland.

To the church community and other religious organizations, I implore you to embrace your role as beacons of peace and harmony. In these times of uncertainty, your guidance can provide solace and reassurance to those who seek spiritual support. Let us join hands in promoting unity, understanding, and compassion, transcending religious boundaries for our nation’s well-being.

Civil organizations, both established and emerging, hold a pivotal role in preserving Liberia’s democratic fabric. I urge you to remain steadfast in your commitment to justice, equality, and transparency. Your vigilance in monitoring the electoral process will ensure its integrity and fairness and foster an atmosphere of confidence and trust among the populace.

To our esteemed foreign partners, we humbly request your continued support and engagement during this defining period in our history. Your wisdom and expertise can help guide Liberia towards a future founded on democratic principles, economic prosperity, and social cohesion. Together, we can navigate the challenges ahead, forging a path toward a brighter tomorrow.

Moreover, the press, as the watchdogs of democracy, I call upon you to exercise your immense power with responsibility and impartiality. Your role in disseminating accurate information and fostering public dialogue is invaluable. Let us prioritize the truth, refrain from sensationalism, and uphold the crucial professionalism for an informed and engaged citizenry.

In this time of immense uncertainty, Liberia’s destiny lies in our collective hands. By exercising restraint, promoting peace, and embracing unity, we can shape a future where our nation thrives and prospers. Let us stand together, transcending our differences, for the betterment of Liberia and all its citizens.

Together, let us rise above the challenges ahead and demonstrate to the world the strength of our democracy. The road to progress may be arduous, but with a united front, we can overcome any obstacles that come our way. Let us remember that the true measure of a nation is not solely determined by its leaders but by its people’s collective actions and aspirations.

As we approach the elections, we must engage in constructive dialogue and open our hearts and minds to different perspectives. Through respectful and meaningful conversations, we can find common ground and build bridges of understanding. Let us not allow political differences to divide us, but rather let them catalyze dialogue and progress.

In the face of uncertainty, it is natural for fear and anxiety to arise. However, let us not succumb to these emotions but cultivate a sense of hope and optimism. Together, we can create a future where all Liberians have access to quality education, healthcare, and opportunities for economic advancement. Let us envision a Liberia where every citizen feels a sense of belonging and pride in their nation.

The road ahead may be challenging, but our resolve and determination must remain unwavering. Remember our forefathers’ sacrifices and our people’s resilience throughout history. We can overcome obstacles and build a prosperous, just, and inclusive nation with this spirit.

The destiny of Liberia lies in our hands. Let us seize this opportunity to shape a future that reflects the hopes and aspirations of all Liberians. Let us create a legacy of peace, progress, and unity that will resonate for future generations. 

Dr. Alexander L. Redd is the pastor, theologian, and founder of Gracious Hope Bible Fellowship. He is a former Liberian journalist and founding member of the Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas (ALJA). Write the author, Alexander L. Redd, at

Dr. Alexander L. Redd is the pastor and founder of Gracious Hope Bible Fellowship. He is a former Liberian journalist and founding member of the Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas (ALJA). Write the author, Alexander L. Redd, at

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