A senior pastor with the Methodist Church in Ghana and the author of an upcoming book on Faith and Common Sense, Rev Solomon Nortey, has given his two cents on the issue of the National Cathedral.
Rev Nortey, in his piece, has called on Ghanaians to actually start acting like Christians and not simply think constructing a monument to God which might end up being situated in filth can bring blessings down on us.
Nortey, author of the soon to be launched ‘Faith and Common Sense For Effective Living‘, argues that Ghana might be a Christian majority nation statistically but in terms of attitude and behaviour we are far from that.
According to him, Christians in Ghana are ‘highly spiritual in theory and woefully carnal in practice.’
Rev Nortey added that unless there is a change to make Christians behave like actual Christians and not the undisciplined, corrupt manner they are now, nothing would change even with the construction of the Cathedral.
“I am for building a national cathedral. But much more important than the cathedral, I stand for inculcating Christian discipline into the Ghanaian religious and political systems.” he wrote.
“Let us mix our faith with appropriate proportion of common sense; otherwise, unfounded religious extremism will reduce our blessed nation into a sh*thole if that has already not happened.”
Read Rev Nortey’s submission below…
THE NATIONAL CATHEDRAL – MY “FAITH AND COMMON SENSE” RESPONSE.
Since the promotion of my latest book, “Faith and Common Sense for Effective Living”, is taking place around the same time that the construction of a national cathedral has become a hotly debated issue, many who have followed me on social media have sought to know what my “Faith and Common Sense” position is.
I have finally decided to respond. However, I do not have a lot of facts relating to the purpose and positioning of the cathedral so I will address a more significant cause.
“The LORD said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.” (Genesis 11:6, NIV)
It is not in doubt that the proposal to biuld a national cathedral is being pushed with tenacious resolve. The opening text above offers a Biblical credence that with such a high resolve, nothing can hinder the construction of the House of God. So the cathedral will certainly be built. Hurray!!!
However, in the end, the magnificent cathedral will stir in the faces of the so-called Christian majority in this nation as a monument of mockery and dishonour to the God in whose name and for whose honour this cause is passionately being pursued.
If the claim that Ghana is a Christian majority nation is a conclusion drawn merely from a national census, it is very unfortunate and laughable.
More than anything else under the sun, the state of the nation which is the best indicator of the character of a majority of the people in this country pours scorn on the Christian majority claim.
Christians are known by their fruit (Matthew 7:20). And we the Christians in this country are the biggest disappointment to mother Ghana. We have not shown by our example that Ghana is a Christian majority nation. The corruption, the thievery and the waste of divinely bestowed resources gives us away as failed stewards.
We seem to be highly spiritual in theory and woefully carnal in practice. So, our Christian spirituality is decreasing in quality at the same rate at which it is increasing in quantity.
Look at the filth in our country! And the most filthy place in Ghana may be Accra. Is that where I hear the cathedral is going to be built? What happened to worshipping God in the beauty of holiness?
I dare say that, unless we put in equal effort to cultivate good character and right attitude to justify the so-called Christian majority claim, just the filth that will surround the Cathedral to be built will bring something other than blessing upon this nation.
For several decades now we have been chanting, “God bless our homeland Ghana and make our nation great and strong.” What has been the outcome? Things have gotten worst by the day because most of those who have the mandate to externuate the corruption in the nation are culprits…and Christians are in the majority!
I am for building a national cathedral. But much more important than the cathedral, I stand for inculcating Christian discipline into the Ghanaian religious and political systems.
Let us mix our faith with appropriate proportion of common sense; otherwise, unfounded religious extremism will reduce our blessed nation into a sh*thole if that has already not happened.
By: Solomon Nortey
Author: Faith and Common Sense for Effective Living
** ‘Faith and Common Sense for Effective Living by Rev Solomon Nortey is a must read for every Christian. The book clearly outlines the need to have faith to tackle the problems of life, but also applying common sense to ensure in faith, one does not become blind and thus open to manipulation by every bad actor who can play on that blind faith. Read our review of it here.
It is set to be launched on the 30th of September, 2018 at the Mount Zion Methodist Church in Sakumono.
For advance copies contact Mrs Haryette Ocansey on +233 26 733 2350/ 233 27 755 2350 or Stella Ampah on +233 24 785 9196. Copies are sold for Ghc 30 each.