Accra, Sept. 19, GNA – Apostle Eric Kwabena
Nyamekye, the Chairman of the Church of Pentecost has urged Christian
politicians to use their positions to transforms lives and serve the interest
of the citizenry.
Apostle Nyamekye said the Church is a pillar
and foundation of truth and that it behoves on politicians to uphold the tenets
of Christian values to gain the confidence of the public for collective
consensus, leading to national development.
“The Church must be seen as a source of
inspiration and encouragement for institutions and individuals who are
troubled, if the Church is seen to be corrupt, it affects public confidence and
there will be no hope for the country,” he added.
The Chairman of the Church of Pentecost said
this on Tuesday when Mr Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, a National Democratic Congress
(NDC) aspirant for the position of National Chairman, together with his
campaign team called on Apostle Nyamekye at the Church’s headquarters in Accra.
The visit was to seek for counsel and prayers
from the Chairman of the Church and the entire congregation of the Church for
success and victory for the forthcoming national executives elections of the
Apostle Nyamekye expressed concern about the
mind-set of people vying for political positions and stated that “politics is
seen as the cheapest way to make wealth”, instead of working assiduously for
the interest of the nation.
“There is so much enmity between political
parties especially the NDC and the New Patriotic Party and has even gone into
the Church to the extent that both party members see each other as enemies”.
He appealed to Ghanaians to discard that
notion and be united, irrespective of one’s political affiliation to work for
the love of the country.
The Apostle said politics is a ministry and
comes with challenges like any other profession and charged politicians to
continue holding on to God when they are elected into political position for
guidance on their leadership role.
He expressed worry about the rate at which
people build without taking cognisance of streets and paths, and urged the
Authorities to be proactive and enforce the rules and regulation governing
He assured him of their fervent prayers and
urged him not to forget the will of God, because there cannot be success
without the presence of God.
Mr Ofosu-Ampofo, an elder of the Church of
Pentecost, said the decision to visit the Chairman of the Church was to seek
divine direction and prayers ahead of the national elections of the party, and
believes that the foundation of the campaign starts with the Church.
The NDC National Chairman aspirant, who was
also the former Minister of Local Government and Rural Development said he has
served in the country’s political arena for 25 years and pledged to continue to
project the virtues and values of the Church.
“People think when you are into politics, then
you cannot be a committed Christian. The Church had been a source of
encouragement in my life. I believe that Christians can also make a change
through politics,” he said.
He said because of his faith in Christian
activities, he was part of the Members of Parliament who formed the
Parliamentary Christian Fellowship during his time in Parliament.
“I believe in infusing Christian virtues into
politics to transform lives,” adding, that he took inspirations from the Late
Professor John Evans Atta Mills and the late Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur.