Set the agenda for politicians to address, churches urged

By
Bertha Badu-Agyei, GNA

Koforidua, Sept. 17, GNA – Dr Kwabena
Opuni-Frimpong, General Secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana (CCG), has
called on churches to set the agenda for politicians to address.

He said since the church is not different from
all other stakeholders in nation building, it must show its relevance by
projecting the interest and aspirations of its congregation.

He said the church as an institution must fill
the current political season with ‘other voices’ by speaking the truth and
outlining the reality, in humility with fairness to all actors without playing
the card of a particular party.

Dr Opuni-Frimpong, who was speaking at
election 2016 Christian and Public Education Campaign’ in Koforidua on the
theme: ‘the churches political role in nation building’, said the church must
be visible and soften the grounds with unbiased truth.

On the hostility and bad language on the
political terrain, he said ‘silence was not the option for the church’ and
urged church leaders to wear their Christian Council ‘cloth’ and touch base
with the people.

The church must point out the shortfalls in
the promises and assurances that the politicians are giving to shape the
political discourse.

The General-Secretary of the CCG said all the
31-member churches including the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, the Methodist,
Anglican, Baptist, Evangelical Presbyterian, AME Zion, as well as the
Pentecostals are engaging their members who were politicians to diffuse the
tension.

He said these efforts are geared towards
making the 2016 election an issue-based one to diffuse the tension and to
ensure that the electorates are involved in the processes to make the outcomes
acceptable to all.

Dr Opuni-Frimpong expressed the hope that the
churches would rise up to the occasion by giving hope and direction to the
nation as it prepares for the polls.

The Christian and Public Education Campaign is
a nationwide activity being undertaken by the CCG and the Institute of Economic
Affairs (IEA) in churches that make up the CCG, to sensitise group leaders and
representatives on how to diffuse the tension before, during and after the
elections.

GNA

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