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14.04.2006 General News

Political leaders advised to emulate Jesus

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Tema, April 14, GNA - Members of the Redemption Congregation Presbyterian Church, Tema clad in mourning cloths on Friday, worshiped in remembrance of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ with a call on political leaders to be circumspect in their activities to ensure that the nation continued to enjoy its relative peace. Preaching the sermon on Good Friday, Reverend Samuel Kwasi Somuah, Minister - in Charge of the Church, who made the call asked political leaders to emulate the leadership of Christ to maintain the peace Ghana has been blessed with.

He said leaders should be able to point out the wrong doings of their followers, instead of turning a blind eye, while commending the good deeds of their opponents.

"The habit of political leaders always condemning the good works of their opponents and condoning the wrongs of their followers do not auger well for a peaceful co-existence," Rev Somuah indicated.

He again advised leaders not to only bear the title but rather live up to the names they have taken upon themselves and should to die a little for the nation, instead of expecting the nation to die for them. Highlighting on the celebration, Rev Somuah noted that the significance of the crucifixion was gradually fading out as people were concentrating more on picnics and immoral activities, leaving out the solemnity of Jesus laying down his life for mankind.

He, therefore, urged Christians to emphasize more on the redemption Christ brought to all through his crucifixion and resurrection for people to use the Easter celebration to take re-examine their lives and cause a change in their character.

As to why Christians always clad in mourning clothes to church on Good Friday, Rev Somuah told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) after the service that, "although it is not biblically based, yet in Ghanaian culture, the colour of clothes depicts one's mood at a particular time, this is therefore another example of Ghanaian culture, adopted in the Christian religion".

He further explained that, just as the Jews shave off their hair and put ashes on themselves, as well as wear sack clothing to show the state of mourning, Christians in Ghana wear black and red on Good Friday to show their grief for Jesus' death and dress in white apparel to rejoice for his resurrection.