Clergy asks Ghanaians to offer constructive criticisms
4/26/2012 5:00:29 AM -
Accra, April 26, GNA - Reverend Felix Mensah Agbo, Chairman of the Accra Presbytery of the Global Evangelical Church, has called on Ghanaians especially Christians to criticise government and those in authority constructively to help move the nation forward.
He said the government should be able to accept those criticisms whole heartedly and see how best to improve and develop the nation.
Rev Agbo made the call at the opening of a three-day Accra Presbytery conference organised by the church on the theme: 'Step up your efforts for divine intervention,' in Accra on Wednesday.
The conference is an annual event organised by the Accra presbytery to take stock of progress of activities and to deliberate on the way forward.
He urged politicians and social commentators to behave with decorum in their presentations and discussion and must strongly condemn utterances that would incite one ethnic group against the other.
'Ghana belongs to all of us; let's keep the peace and unity,' he added.
He called on Africans especially Ghanaians to be respectful and loyal to their governments, pray for those in authority and support their programmes and policies.
'Above all we must be loyal in paying our taxes for the growth and development of our nation,' Rev Agbo said.
He commended the contributions of the media to national development, but asked them to be objective and balance in their reportage.
Mr Michael Obeng, an Internal Auditor at the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, urged the pastors to keep on preaching the importance of peace to their members.
He said the duty of the church should not be confined only to the gospel and the chapel but rather expanded beyond to cover issues of governance.
Mr Obeng suggested that churches could also start undertaking what he called 'Religious Social Responsibility' in their respective communities to impact on the lives of Ghanaians.
He called on the church to adopt a new approach to issues that affect their communities so that their presence could be properly felt.