Outspoken Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has hit out at campaigners and authorities calling and rooting for the construction of a National Cathedral.
As has become his custom, in a long write up filled with references from the Bible, Mr. Ablakwa expressed his disappointment at individuals who he noted should know better not to fuel the debate about whether the country needs a Cathedral.
He called out the Deputy Minister of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Mr. Paul Essien who had earlier argued that putting up the Cathedral in the way Government is going about it will bring blessings to the nation and criticized him for failing to see that God blesses individuals by their conduct and obedience to His commandments.
“Clearly, the Deputy Minister has not averted his mind to I Kings 6:11-13 where King Solomon after spending 7 years to build what the Bible records as a most imposing and magnificent temple made of gold – “Then the word of the Lord came to Solomon, saying: Concerning this temple which you are building, if you walk in My statutes, execute My judgments, keep all My commandments, and walk in them, then I will perform My word with you, which I spoke to your father David. And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will not forsake My people Israel.”
It is as clear as daylight that God will not merely bless our nation just because we constructed a cathedral. The Lord looks more at our conduct and our obedience to his commandments.
The Deputy Minister and the many Government spokespersons speaking like that are failing to recognize that our hearts and our deeds are what the Lord looks at and indeed what matters to Him. The Bible says in Proverbs 14:34 that “righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people.” Note that it isn’t the existence of cathedrals that exalts a nation.” He averred
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The pious MP also charged government to come clean on its true intention on the construction of the edifice which will require the demolition of the homes of about nine judges.
“Perhaps it’s time for those Government spokespersons claiming we need this cathedral for moneymaking ventures such as an event centre to host 5,000 people and that additionally we stand to benefit economically as a nation through tourism and other forms of entrepreneurship to start rethinking their stance. We are either putting up a sacred cathedral to worship and honour the Lord to attract His blessings if we are found worthy by His mercies or we are seeking to engage in a purely commercial enterprise. Government must come clean on its true intentions.”
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The National Cathedral debate must not divide us
The tumult created by Government’s decision to pull down structures including the residences of judges, the Passport Office and the Scholarship Secretariat and in their place erect a national cathedral doesn’t appear to be abating anytime soon.
What worries me, however, is the calamitous form this debate is assuming by the rather unfortunate effort to deliberately pitch Christians against Muslims.
People we expect to know better now claim Christianity is under attack in Ghana. Some even go as far as to suggest that the State has prioritized the concerns of our Muslim brothers and sisters to the detriment of Christians. They list the State’s support for some Hajj pilgrims, Muslim holidays and the Kawukudi Mosque being constructed by a Turkish NGO to make their case. By the way; those who present these charges remain silent on our cherished Christian holidays, they ignore the commendable role of the State in offering land for the establishment of churches many years ago and they conveniently fail to recall how former British High Commissioner to Ghana Jon Benjamin criticized the Ghanaian State for granting Diplomatic Passports to many Reverend Ministers which he thought constituted an abuse of the privilege.
Those engaged in this reckless incitement ought to be called to order. They should be told to stop playing with fire if not an inferno.