Rev Dr Baisie and CJ Georgina Wood
The Chief Justice, Georgina Theodora Wood, yesterday bemoaned the fallouts from the disunity which has bedevilled the country in diverse forms.
She was speaking during the induction service of Rev. Dr. Joseph K.K. Baisie as the new Regional Superintendent of the Assemblies of God Church at the Transcontinental Worship Centre, Spintex Road, Accra, yesterday.
While describing the theme for the function: ‘Unity in the Spirit for Greater Heights,’ as apt, given what in her view were the ‘chaotic times that we find ourselves in,’ she saw unity in spirit as a key element for success in every human endeavour, most particularly, in the work of God.
Despite the awesomeness and might of God, she pointed out, ‘Jehovah God is the first to demonstrate the importance and usefulness of unity.’
The Holy Scriptures, she said, are awash with the marked differences between unity and disunity, adding also that ‘on the other hand, we see the chaos, pain, the disorder, the tragedy and the misery which flow from disunity.’
Continuing, she said all could testify to the harmony, the peace, the fruitfulness, the sweet smelling aroma which flows from unity.
Jesus Christ, she said, found unity such a critical virtue that one of the passionate prayers was centred on unity which, as she put it, was not engineered through man’s puny programmes and slogans, ‘but divine unity that emanates from God and is fuelled or powered by the Holy Spirit.’
A Church, which according to her, is hopelessly divided, would find it extremely difficult to reconcile a torn and broken world to God.
Returning home to Ghana, she said, ‘It will be extremely difficult to heal a broken Ghana, early warning signs and signals which have manifested in various forms in our otherwise beautiful, respected and peaceful country.’
What is being witnessed, she observed is an ‘increased division and unhealthy competition in the body of Christ; we are witnessing political animosity and polarization, professional enmity and petty jealousies, divisions, corruption of varying degrees, proportions or magnitudes; we are witnessing ethnic violence, mistrust, spousal and other forms of domestic abuse,’ Mrs. Wood underscored.
Unity, for her, takes effort, adding that, ‘We need to work at it; we need to desire it and pursue it with all our hearts.’
She charged the celebrants to offer themselves through competitive elections, adding, ‘This position is not for aggrandizement, building our own little kingdoms and pockets of followers, nor looking for the praise of men.’
The Regional Superintendent, Rev. Dr. Joseph K.K. Baisie expressed delight at the opportunity offered them by God to serve Him, adding that the Assemblies of God had been privileged to have in their membership and serving in various categories, President John Mahama and his spouse, the Chief Justice, top military and police officers and the president of the Ghana Journalists’ Association among others.
As a church, he charged, ‘We must partner with governments to fight corruption, the HIV/AIDS menace and all social vices our society is confronted with.’
He promised to step up the efforts of the church in fulfilling ‘our corporate social responsibility with excellence.’
By A.R. Gomda
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