The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Rt Rev Dr Sam Prempeh, has condemned the practice whereby some Christians, particularly married women, attend church activities throughout the week, at the expense of their marital duties.
He said such a bad habit had ruined many marriages and brought untold suffering to affected children and called on both the clergy and the laity to ensure that married women perform their household duties creditably.
Rt Rev Prempeh was speaking at the naming and ordination service of the Kade branch of the Presbyterian Church at Kade in the Kwaebibirem District of the Eastern Region on Sunday.The Kade branch, which was established 94 years ago, has been christened the Calvary Congregation.
According to the Moderator, many married women neglect their children and husbands and attend every church function daily, at times twice a day, with the belief that by doing so, they would be nearer to God. He said such a practice was not only contrary to Christianity but also harmful to the society and the nation due to its negative effects, particularly on children.
“It is good to devote time for the worship of God, but that does not mean that one should spend more time with God than with the family, thereby making husbands lonely at a time that both husband and wife should be together to cement the bonds of marriage and also provide the needs of their children,” Rt Rev Prempeh said.
“When you leave your husbands and children alone for a long period to attend numerous church activities, with the hope of getting nearer to God and getting happiness, you only create problems for yourselves and the children, which will rather make you sad and miserable,” Rt Rev Prempeh stated.
The Moderator, therefore, asked married women to ensure that their church activities do not prevent them from satisfying the needs of their families.On education, he said the church would continue to complement the government's efforts at ensuring that every child went to school by providing the necessary infrastructure.