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17.02.2009 General News

Christians in politics must not disappoint

The Vice-President of the Ghana Baptist Convention, Rev Dr Nii Amu Darko, has urged all Christians who go into politics not to disappoint God or the Christian community in the discharge of their duties.

He was preaching the sermon at a special thanksgiving service for newly appointed Energy Minister, Dr Oteng Adjei, and Mrs Irene Naa Torshie Addo, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Tema West at the Grace Baptist Church, Sakumono, on Sunday.

Both Dr Adjei and Mrs Irene Addo are staunch members of the Baptist Convention who started off as Sunday School teachers at the Tema First Baptist Church.

Quoting Psalm 75:6 and 7, Rev Darko reminded them that it is God who has promoted them into their various fields of endeavour and they, therefore, owe allegiance first and foremost to God.

"Your high offices are not for the benefit of your families, not for the benefit of your friends, but for God's own glory," he stressed, adding, "I, therefore, urge you not to disappoint God and the entire Christian community."

In the charge read by Rev J. N. N. Ocquaye, the Head Pastor of the Grace Baptist Church, he reminded them that they are holding the various high offices in trust for the Lord and that it was neither for their selfish ambitions nor their self glorification.

"Act justly in all your dealings with all manner of people who may come your way; ;go out with integrity, go out with the wisdom of Jesus, go out in the power of God and may success crown your efforts," Rev Ocquaye added.

In a brief response, Dr Adjei assured the congregation that he had purposed in his heart to be faithful in his calling and requested for prayer support not only for himself but the entire nation.

For her part, Mrs Addo said her prayer had always been to be a blessing to anybody who walked her way, adding, "If there is nothing at all you can do for me, always bear me up in prayer."

The service was attended by a number of dignitaries, including the Second Lady, Mrs Lordina Mahama, and her family; Mrs Diana Hammond, the Chief Director at the Ministry of Energy; Madam Yaa Konadu, Dr Adjei's mother, and Lawyer Augustina Asamoah of the US.