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Editorial: Choose the path of restitution and repentance

Suspended Minister of State Nathaniel F. McGill is seeking God’s intervention amidst the corruption charges brought against him, and two other officials of the Weah administration by the United States Treasury.

The U.S. Department of Treasury on August 15 imposed specialized sanctions against Mr. McGill, Cllr. Sayma Syrenius Cephus, Solicitor General of Liberia, and Mr. Bill Twehway, National Port Authority Managing Director for ongoing corruption in Liberia and other criminal conduct.

The trio maintains a posture of innocence, but McGill is more vocal and vehemently fighting back, seeking every opportunity to clear his name of charges brought against him by the Government of the United States. He had since written President George Manneh Weah, asking for an opportunity to tell his side of the story.

But in an Aljazeera interview over the weekend, the designated and suspended Minister of State went a step further in apparent desperation to present himself as a clean man saying, “I am awaiting God’s intervention. My lawyers are working on it.”

We hasten to interject here that experiences from the Holy Bible clearly indicate that God only intervenes when we sincerely express remorse and repent from our wrongs.

In the New Testament book of Luke 19:1-10, the corrupt tax collector Zacchaeus, who had been robbing the people, met the Lord Jesus Christ that changed his entire life. In fact, Jesus ate and slept at his house. But Zacchaeus returned all the money that he had earned thru corrupt means and truly asked for forgiveness from the bottom of his heart.

It was then that God stepped in and gave him a new life, for “Old things have passed away and all things have become new.” We cannot carry a posture of challenge and defense in our strength and expect God to intervene.

McGill is on record of defending that even if he took public fund and built private properties across Liberia, it is right because those that may be affected by the diversion of such funds would be happy when they see his beautiful buildings.

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God is for both the strong and the weak. He is not a God of partiality. He listens to the cries of those who sincerely repent and ask for mercy. He comes to the rescue of the defenseless. He is the voice of the voiceless. And He is a God of Justice!

 McGill and the others who want God to intervene in the current predicament brought on themselves should first be willing to let go; they should be willing to change and surrender totally like Zacchaeus, then God would look their way and give them a new life that they now dearly desire.

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The New Dawn is Liberia’s Truly Independent Newspaper Published by Searchlight Communications Inc. Established on November 16, 2009, with its first hard copy publication on January 22, 2010. The office is located on UN Drive in Monrovia Liberia. The New Dawn is bilingual (both English & French).
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