Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra, Charles Palmer-Buckle has asked President John Mahama to listen to God and lead the government to seek the will of God.
According to him, President Mahama has ”too many voices that often make it difficult for ÿou (Mahama) to hear what the Lord God is saying”
Speaking at this year’s National Prayer and Thanksgiving service held at the Holy Spirit Cathedral in Accra, the Archbishop admonished the president to listen as he leads the country.
”What He (God) asks of you Sir is that you listen to Him (God), What He asks of you and with the government is that you lead us to seek the face of God in everything; what He asks of us is that you lead the government to seek the will of God at all times,” he said.
Archbishop Palmer-Buckle urged the president to listen to God in times of difficulty. ‘ I know you listen; unfortunately I know you have too many voices that often make it difficult to hear what the Lord God is calling we are praying for you and we are praying with you that on your knees, in your room before the Lord your God He alone may talk to you.”
The Archbishop also called on the judiciary to do unto others, as they will want others to do unto them. ‘God says this, ‘Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an over flowing stream in the country of Ghana, Amos 5:24,” he said.
He further cautioned the judiciary that in the eyes of God, all His sons and daughters are equal. ”Let Ghanaians have confidence in you as men and women of righteousness, men and women striving for honesty, for integrity and for service,” he stated.
The Archbishop condemned the politics of exclusion describing it as ”ungodly”. ‘Sitting on the fence and refusing to contribute to the task of nation building is ungodly, every Ghanaian was created in the image and the likeliness of God and has been by God with the unique gift that is to be employed for the development of this country; therefore, by excluding some from participating or worse still by simply opposing every idea from one’s opponent simply for the sake of it is not Christian either,” he added.
He went on to speak against the politics of division just to capture power. ”Please try not to divide this country up politically, try not to set us one against the other for partisan political interest or for personal political ambition and gain.”
Palmer-Buckle said that in Ghana, the non-party card holding members are in the majority and not those who hold party cards.
He finally urged Ghanaians not to be discouraged in times of challenges. ‘may we never forget that it is God who has put us together into this ark of Ghana; let us not be discouraged by the challenges that we meet,” he concluded.
The national prayer and thanksgiving is an annual event held to give thanks to God for how far he has brought the country.
This year’s edition was on the theme: ”Bind us together oh Lord”.
The service was attended by President John Mahama, Vice president, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, Chief Justice, Madam Georgina Wood, other government officials, Members of Parliament, Political leaders like two times flagbearer of the opposition NPP, Nana Akufo-Addo, etc.
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