Former President John Dramani Mahama has tasked Christians to take keen interest in the governance of the country so as to instill high values in governance.
“We as Christians share a common faith and our national wellbeing is intertwined with the progress of the nation,” he said.
He was speaking at the maiden edition of the ‘Conversations in the Cathedral’ at the Holy Spirit Cathedral in Accra last Wednesday.
“Conversations in the Cathedral”, an initiative of the Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra, the Most Rev. John Bonaventure Kwofie, seeks to bring together both secular and religious leaders to discuss issues of common concern.
The maiden edition was on the theme: “Reflections on being a Christian in Ghana today: in preparation for Christmas 2019”
It was a solemn evening encounter with deep messages of faith centred on love for one another, especially the poor and the needy in society.
Touching on Christmas, Mr Mahama told the gathering that Christmas was a period to share.
He said the story of Christmas in the Bible which centred on the birth of Christ by the virgin Mary was embedded with values such as sharing that must be passed on from one generation to another.
“Christmas provides us with the opportunity to reflect on the values of Jesus and as Christians, we must reflect on ourselves, friends, families and the whole nation.
Most Rev. Kwofie admonished Christians to be guided by the word of God any time they faced challenges.
He said due to deceit, some Christians had become gullible and fell prey to some “so-called prophets” who promise to give them a heaven ATM machine”.
He charged Christians to watch out for false prophets in society taking advantage of ignorant Christians who seek their intervention.
“Some Christians think the work of a prophet is to predict the future but they forget that the Biblical prophet was the one who took account of historical events to make predictions for future in the form of prophecy,” he said.
Most Rev. Kwofie also advised Christians to examine their attitudes towards the poor in society during the Christmas season and offer support to them.
He said although the airwaves were portraying the picture that Christ’s mission on earth was to cast away demons, there was significant evidence that Jesus was interested in the welfare of the poor and the needy in society including beggars and prostitutes.
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For his part, the Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, paid glowing tributes to the Catholic Church and the clergy who led the conversation for the initiative.