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Christians asked to live by religious tenets

BY: Albert Sam
The Methodist Bishop of Tema, the Rt Rev. Thomas Brown Forson (3rd Right), dedicating the chairs donated by Mr Banful . Those with them are officials of the church

Christians and other religious faithful have been challenged to live by the tenets of their religions in order to do away with endemic corruption in the country.The Bishop of the Tema Diocese of The Methodist Church Ghana, the Rt Rev. Thomas Brown Forson, asked them to desist from just joining the chorus on corruption and instead use their faith to bring about change in leadership at all levels of society.

He was preaching the sermon at the joint dedication of new chairs and offices for the Calvary Methodist Church, Community Three, Tema, acquired at a cost of GH¢ 150,000, last Sunday.

Mr Alex Banful, a businessman and member of the church, single-handedly provided the chairs at a cost of GH¢ 70,000, while the congregation contributed GH¢ 80,000 towards the furnishing of the offices.

The Rt Rev. Forson said most leaders at the national, organisational and community levels were Christians who must, therefore, demonstrate their Christian values in their everyday activities.

He advised Ghanaians to desist from using their positions to enrich themselves and take a cue from past nationalists who rendered selfless and dedicated services to society.

 He said he was convinced that some members of the congregation might have engaged in corrupt practices one way or another. 

“As we sit here, are we faithful? Can we say corruption cannot be found in us?” he queried.

Reflecting on the theme: “Be faithful stewards”, the Rt Rev. Forson advised the congregation not to be paralysed by the fear of failure but eschew laziness and obey God in their relationships.

He commended Mr Banful for his generosity and selflessness and advised the congregation to take good care of the chairs, which he described as unique and exceptional.

He said Mr Banful’s initiative was worthy of emulation and commended him for an earlier donation of a 4x4 vehicle to the Tema Diocesan Youth Office for its ministerial work.

Earlier in his testimony, Mr Banful had said the donation of the chairs to the church was a demonstration of his love for God and humanity.