Christians must lead way to responsible citizenship – Prof. Owusu Gyapong

By
Samuel Akumatey, GNA

Ho, Oct. 18, GNA – Professor John Owusu
Gyapong, Vice Chancellor of the University of Health and Allied Sciences, has
called on leaders to consider themselves divinely chosen, and reflect God’s
tenets in their activities towards the development of a more responsible
society.

He said religious leaders particularly those
of the dominant Christian faith, must lead the way to becoming responsible
citizens.

Professor Gyapong was delivering the keynote
address at the opening of the 2018 African Biblical Leadership Initiative
(ABLI) forum, organised by the Bible Society of Ghana in Ho, which was on the
theme: “Civic Responsibilities and Nation Building.”

He asked them to emulate quality leaders
recorded in the Scriptures, and consider their duty as service to God and not
mankind, saying “if you see yourselves as leading on behalf of God, it would go
a long way to change society”.

Professor Gyapong, also a member of the Bible
Society, charged leaders to be bold and stand for the truth in all
circumstances.

He further said civic responsibilities were
crucial to national development and that the citizenry must show dedication to
service for the good of country, saying, environmental degradation was one
major indictor of gross irresponsibility, and that addressing such required
headstrong leaderships supported by people who were willing to work towards
reversing negative trends in society.

The Reverend Dr Erasmus Odonkor, General
Secretary of the Bible Society, lamented that despite proliferation of Churches
in the Country, moral standards left much to be desired and underscored the
need for all to come together to build the nation on integrity and responsibility.

He also asked leaders to find ways of
exhibiting love, honesty and transparency in their line of work.

Rev. Father William Kornu of the Ho Diocese of
the Catholic Church said the nation did not need “many Churches or Christians”,
but rather people living according to the Word of God truthfully, and commended
the Bible Society for targeting the youth for spiritual and attitudinal change.

Rev. Seth Mawutor, Volta Regional Chairman of
the Christian Council Ghana, appealed to Christians to renew their minds and be
committed to the socioeconomic development of the nation.

The forum was organised by the Bible Society
of Ghana, a branch of the United Bible Society, formed in 1965 to translate,
publish and distribute the Holy Scriptures.

This year’s forum brings together leadership
in government, the Legislature, Judiciary, Church organizations, industry,
education, and the media among others.

GNA

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