Bishop Prince Bennie Wood, spokesperson for the Concerned Clergy Association of Ghana says the country can develop in the right way if churches boldly criticise the wrongs of government regardless of being perceived as belonging to one political party or the other.
“The church should tell politicians the truth and not be afraid of being tagged NDC or NPP. Those parties are playing class 1 and JSS politics and the only way we can get them to mature is to tell them the truth. What is wrong is wrong”.
Speaking on Multitv’s Current affairs program, pm:Express, Bishop Prince Bennie Wood added that anything that brings violence or mars the peace of a country is evil and the church must abhor it because God is a God of peace.
His comments come on the back of a recent statement by the General Overseer of the Action Faith Chapel International Archbishop Nicholas Duncan Williams that, the church is bitterly divided along political lines, breading ethnic divisions and tensions which have the potential to retard Ghana’s democratic gains.
Commenting on the election petition currently before the Supreme Court, Bishop Wood said whoever wins should not determine if Ghana would continue to enjoy peace or not.
“The issue in court is just a democratic process and once it is over, there is no need for anybody to think that unless one particular party wins there will not be peace, that is wrong and it is evil”. He posited that the church should not be divided along political and tribal lines but should be politically neutral.
Bishop Samuel N. Mensah, is Leader of the Full Gospel Church International
Bishop Samuel Mensah, leader of the Full Gospel Church lnternational also on the show insisted that the church’s responsibility was to pray for the government and the people for peace and development to prevail.
“Once there is a government in place, our responsibility is to pray for that government. God does not encourage lawlessness and will not answer prayers that will lead to catastrophe”.