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Recently, a Rev Minister in an African country, took his congregation to the
bank of a fast flowing river and attempted to replicate Jesus’ miraculous walk
on water. The congregation prayed in tongues and invoked the power of the holy
spirit to buoy the pastor’s successful crossing. While they were on their knees
praying fervently, the river swallowed their pastor soon after he stepped on the

This example brings me to a question: Does Jehovah (still)
directly interfere in the affairs of man? Is there any evidence of this in
today’s world?

If you were part of the crew of an aircraft whose engines
suddenly went dead, would you spend the time praying for God’s intervention or
would you spend the next few minutes feverishly troubleshooting engine restart
procedures? No pilot I know wold be praying to God at such a moment; perhaps if
he’s Ghanaian, he might start praying instead.

As I’ve written a few
times in the past several months, the collective intelligence of Ghanaians has
dropped in the last two decades because of a new-found reluctance to press our
intellect toward solving the nation’s problems. We have adopted the least path
of resistance to dealing with social problems; the devil, and faith in miracles.
We would rather attend all-night prayers to pray to God to prevent motor-vehicle
accident fatalities, rather than diligently enforce the laws and codes that
regulate vehicle roadworthiness, driver training etc. We adopt a similar
approach to tackling other serious national problems. It’s the devil’s fault,
and only God can save us.

Ghana has become caught up in a psychological
phenomenon where the attribution of social problems to Satan and the resignation
of the citizens minds to God’s (spiritual) intervention has yielded a subtle but
debilitating result on the collective problem-solving tenacity of the nation. As
long as we can absolve ourselves of responsibility for social/economic problems
by being convinced that Satan is the cause of those problems, we have
effectively tuned the mind to abandon its natural tenacious ability to invent
practical solutions to human problems. The next logical step from there is to
invoke a spiritual force greater than Satan to counteract him. This psychology
has plagued the nation to such an extent that currently we’re being told that a
deterioration in our currency’s exchange rate is the work of the devil. Guess
what will happen next; guess what the devotees of the “satan-caused-it” mindset
will expect from their leaders? More prayers, all-night sessions and national
prayers camps, etc.

Folks, we’re on a dangerous path which is bound to
cause further serious dumbing down of Ghana’s intellectual capacity to solve
social/economic problems. Literal interpretation of religious text from the
mouths of charlatan pastors has already caused enough harm to our people, many
of whom spend hours seeking and expecting miracles instead of solving their
problems through labor and intellect.

So, I ask; If you found yourself in
a plane with stalled engines, would you blame the problem on Satan and proceed
to pray to God for the engines to roar back to life, or would you start
troubleshooting procedures to recover your engines?

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