The Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church Ghana, Most Reverend Professor Emmanuel K. Asante, has criticised the level of injustice in the country, which he says always puts the majority at a disadvantage.
He cited favouritism and corruption among section of the society which tended to put others at a disadvantaged position.
He therefore, asked Ghanaians to stop politicising everything in the country, explaining that, such acts had not helped in advancing the nation’s development process.
Rev Prof Asante, who is also the Chairman of the National Peace Council (NPC), said this at the 59th and 4th Biennial conference of the Connexional Lay Movement of the Methodist Church Ghana at Winneba on Friday.
The conference which was on the theme, “Witnessing to Christ in holistic spirituality: the role of the Lay” was attended by delegates from across the country.
It created the platform for members to take stock of the group’s activities over the year and to strategize on ways of improving support in the church’s activities.
Rev Prof Asante further intimated that it was time for Ghanaians to fight for their rights on matters that would help advance the development of the society.
He urged all categories of workers in the country not to look at the monetary reward alone but at their work “as a way of service to God”.
He further admonished Christians to let their faith and commitment inform their professional and vocational endeavours and explained that many ordained or vocational ministers had failed to support and help their church members to use their skills for the service of God.
“Everything belongs to God by right of creation and this includes every arena of human activity. Every activity can be sacred”, he said.
He said that “no legitimate vocation is less spiritual than any other, if it is done with integrity and a desire to serve God and to love and help meet the needs of others”.
Rev Prof Asante said it was the responsibility of Christians to make themselves available to be nurtured and to help nurture others so that they could practice their spirituality in a holistic manner for the transformation of the church and society.
“As Methodists, our stand has always been and should continue to be, no compromise to lifestyles and attitudes that demean and dehumanise people. Instead, ours is holiness based on scripture and which impacts society positively. That is how we fulfil our God-given mandate of being the Mission of God to the world”, he said.
The President of the Connexional Lay Movement Council of the Methodist Church Ghana, Kwame A. Boafo, recounted a number of projects that the association had embarked on over the years.
The projects, he said, included the construction of pavilions in some Diocese of the church, donation of cash to the Methodist University College Infrastructure Development Fund and the Labone guest house project as well as presentation of vehicles among others.
He reiterated the movement’s commitment in supporting the church in executing the mission and vision of the church.
In an address, a former headmaster of Ghana National College and past lay chairman of Winneba, Ebenezer K. T. Osam, urged Christians to change their attitude and work towards the propagation of the gospel.
He advised them to take advantage of the opportunities and also invest in ventures that would bring in the needed returns.
The Central Regional Minister, Aquinas Tawiah Quansah, in an address read on his behalf, commended the church for its role in advancing the gospel and urged Christians to lead exemplary lifestyles which would rekindle the desire for others to follow them.