By Rebel Sacut Amenga-Etego
WARNING: NOT FOR LAZY READERS
My Closing Thoughts For 2018
I am an absolute believer that Church and State must be as separate as reason and belief. Any one who mixes reason and belief is totally and utterly confused in my books. And confused people have no business running a state, especially not an underdeveloped state like Ghana that needs to think its way out of poverty, disease, ignorance and underdevelopment.
Obviously, what our leaders are attempting to do is to encourage we those on this side of heaven to pray our way out of poverty – forgetting that heaven only help those who help themselves.
In my several years of studying and practicing Christianity, I have never read or heard that heaven help those who pray in monumental buildings. And even though building a Big church in the name of the people may appear a good thing, it is important to remember that fraud can be covered by piety. The fact that some good may come out of fraud does not take away the fraud.
If even we were a Christian nation –which we are not – we still need to develop based on reasonable approaches and not otherwise. The proponents of this wasteful and fraudulent idea of a national cathedral will quickly shout that i be ignored because my article is based on HUMAN REASON. And they may add that i am taking this position because I am not born again. The more blinded ones will say that i am taking this position because i am NDC. Say what ever you want. I am writing what i think. Everyone is entitled to their opinion when we debate democracy.
I don’t want to be born again to lose my reason. Don’t let them confuse you with all these obfuscating terms like mystery or miracles or prophesy or born-again. There is nothing mystical about practicing the moral truth and goodness of the God we believe in. That is what religion or more specifically, Christianity is all about. And there is nothing like human reason.
No human created reason. God created reason and it is indeed only REASON that can make us believe in the God of creation. I don’t see how any one can believe in God without using his reason. And if you ask me, the only reason they bring up their mysteries and miracles and prophesies is for the sole purpose of covering up the MORAL TRUTH and goodness of the God in whose name they are attempting, under false pretense, to profit from.
Let’s look at their most ‘reasonable argument’ for the decision to pull down several state buildings in replacement of this needless cathedral. The proponents – President Akufo Addo, some of his NPP supporters, members of government and the followers and believers in the Christian Council of Ghana – argue that this building will not cost the tax payer a penny. This is a very bogus argument only for the buying of those who refuse the use of their reason.
The President’s precious time is the tax payer’s money. We didn’t elect a President with all the powers and resources at his disposal to waste it on populists attempts to please segments of our society. Plus, who owns the vast lands and buildings to be demolished for this project? We-the-people. Therefore, that argument turns logic and reason upside down.
Secondly they argue that an independent committee of church leaders are going to raise the funds needed for the construction of the edifice. Indeed, that committee has been set up and headed by Duncan Williams, one of the leaders of the charismatic and money making churches in Ghana.
In an announcement to his congregation on Sunday, Mr. Duncan Williams had this to say:
”Everybody, buy a ticket for the fundraising dinner. It’s 28th of December and we are selling a chair for $1,000, a table for $10,000”.
Duncan-Williams the so-called man of God added, “I need some of your secret monies… Some of you, your savings, you are going to Dubai and Europe for [holidays]. Give us that money to build the national cathedral. One day, you and your loved ones and your children’s children may use there. One day one of your sons or daughters will be President of Ghana and shall benefit from that thing”.
Very amusing coming from Duncan-Williams. Are these part of his prophesies? No wonder the prophets of the bible were poets and entertainers. Obviously, he expects ‘Everybody’ in his congregation and Ghanaians not to use our REASON otherwise he will not come up with this bogus statement.
I will like to pose the following questions to Duncan Williams and his supporters or those who think like him.
How will future Presidents benefit from a cathedral? Is the salvation of his congregation in a monumental building? Where in the social gospel of Jesus Christ did he ask that we spend scarce money on monuments as part of imitating the moral goodness of God?
Does Duncan Williams and his family not go for holidays abroad? Is Duncan Williams arguing that going on holidays is wasteful expenditure for the rest of Ghanaians? How many times has he raised funds on a national scale to feed the poor and pay the medical bills of destitutes? Has Duncan Williams and his fellow proponents REASONED that churches may become virtual in the future and no one may need to use any physical buildings as churches?
The Church in Ghana is hiding behind a victim-President Nana Akufo Addo to defraud we-the-people. And the leaders including those of the church are definitely not thinking about the future in scientific and technological terms like other civilized societies are currently doing.
I don’t expect a response from DuncanWilliams because he will have none but I await the lame explanations of his blind followers.
Look – Jesus Christ was a foremost Philanthropist. He lived a frugal lifestyle. He forebade trading in Church. He was all about the poor and meek.
Everything about the building of the national Cathedral in Ghana goes contrary to the teaching of the Christ they claim to be following. This needless endeavor diverts massive national resources, time and mental energy away from helping develop and uplifting the poor.
This so-called LEGACY CATHEDRAL will not please Jesus Christ because it will take away food from the table of the poor. It will only please people who have replaced their God-created REASON with mere belief. I say this without apology. The only purpose will be in memory of leaders in their twilight zones who are preoccupied with thoughts of the after-life.
The majority of the people of Ghana are young and poor. Any worthwhile social gospel must be geared towards lifting these youth out of poverty rather than putting up an expensive building that ‘our children’s children can use’ like Duncan Williams is fraudulently claiming.
Elsewhere in developed societies,church buildings are being converted into museums and tourists attractions to earn revenue to take care of their health, educational and environmental systems. And we sit in this poor side of heaven doing the opposite and pretending that we are learning from the developed societies. We have a long way to go in terms of our learning.
Meanwhile, I read our President said that his NPP government is learning from the Chinese example. May I remind our enthusiastic President that the Chinese do not build churches. Indeed,the Chinese do not go to church. They are not Christians. And they are a rich industrialized society. So if we are learning from them, we must learn well.
And for those saying that we are learning from the Americans who built a national cathedral several years ago, let them also be reminded that when the Americans did it,they did not have schools under trees, they did not have millions of their citizens dying from preventable and treatable malaria, they did not go with cup in hand begging other nations for crumbs.
In the whole CREATION which encompasses the beneficence and moral goodness of God – which man is called upon to imitate by the way – God did NOT create a Church. The Church is entirely the idea of man.
Therefore if our President and his ‘Christian supporters’ including Duncan Williams and the rest want to build a CATHEDRAL, let them go ahead without calling it a NATIONAL CATHEDRAL or anything to bring the blessings of God to Ghana. We know it is not true. At least, we those who reason do know it. We are tired of the leaderlessness!
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