“Cleanliness is next to godliness” doesn’t seem to apply to Ghanaian Christians, obviously. If the saying held water and cleanliness was actually next to godliness, Ghanaian Christians would be occupying the seats right by the side of Satan. There are church premises in every slum and gutter but hardly would you see the Christians who throng these churches making a conscious effort to keep their surroundings clean. They will dress beautifully on Sundays, walk through piles of rubbish and chocked gutters just to go and sing praises to God in church.
During religious festivities like Christmas and Easter, Christians show what they are really made of by haphazardly disposing of the rubbish that is incurred with the advent of these celebrations. Sugar and spice and everything nice? Not for the followers of Christ. More like filth and plastic and all things nasty. How ironic is it that a “Man of God” has to actively admonish Christians to desist from polluting the environment before they realize they are doing something wrong? If your moral compass is so broken that you can’t be a decent person without being prompted, how about your common sense meter?
Well, the Head of Agona Swedru Church of Pentecost, Apostle David Kwesi Kankam has had enough of this callous attitude by Christians towards the environment and has advised them to stop being so dirty and polluting the environment for their own health and well-being. He said Ghanaians will only stop throwing rubbish everywhere if there was a mass change in attitudes. He called on Christians to support government’s efforts in sanitizing the environment.
Speaking at a four-day Easter Convention organized by the Agona Swedru Area of the Church of Pentecost at Swedru in the Agona West Municipality of the Central Region, Apostle Kankam highlighted the irony in polluting the environment with “pure water” sachets and other types of rubbish which only threatened their health. He also lambasted Christians for refusing to participate in the National Sanitation exercises, saying it didn’t amount to exemplary leadership and a shame to people who call themselves followers of Christ.
He reminded all present that Ghana was ranked the seventh dirtiest country in the world and urged Christians to lead the fight in redeeming that image. He also said Easter is a celebration to mark the death and resurrection of Christ, and as such Christians should desist from sinful acts that would render that so-called sacrifice useless.
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