National discourse can hardly be without political undertones, directly or indirectly. This is because politics affects almost everything and almost everything affects politics. This is a reality we need to accept and live with.
Individuals are to be encouraged to express their views on national issues which is good for promoting development and peaceful-coexistence. As we engage in these national discourses, our views may be perceived or misconstrued as either ‘for’ or ‘against’ the government or some of its policies. Consequently, any view perceived to be ‘for’ the government is ‘against’ the opposition and vice versa. These sometimes results in ‘attacks’ and labeling of people including church leaders, as either doing the bidding of the government or the opposition. This posture and orientation of some persons seems to suggest that Ghanaians are not ‘wise’, do not have a mind of their own and are not objective enough to share their personal opinion. This I find to be demeaning and insulting to the intelligence, reasoning and judgment of the people of this country. Unfortunately, due to these attacks and misrepresentations, some Ghanaians are afraid or not bold enough to share their views on national issues in order to avoid being victimized or to protect their reputation.
However, it is equally wrong if we refuse or fail to speak the truth; giving praise where is due, constructively criticizing and pointing out ‘obvious’ wrongs. We need more Ghanaians especially Christians to speak on national issues with wisdom, knowledge, honesty and boldness to move our country forward in the right direction. Whether we are speaking or analyzing what others have said, we have to be consistent and fair. We need to ensure that we are not being influenced by partisan and ethnic biases.
We have to also eschew negative partisan solidarity and patronage. It is important to understand that no political party is necessarily from God nor the devil but Ghana with all her inhabitants belongs God. God will exalt our nation when we pursue righteousness (Proverbs 14:34) in our socio-political, economic and spiritual lives irrespective of the government in power.
Remember, we would be persecuted for the sake of righteousness (Matthew 5:8-10) and hated by upholding truth (Galatians 4:16). We should let God be true and all men liars. When we are honest, it’s righteous before God hence He grants us the grace and boldness.
“Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe” Proverbs 29:25”
“The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful” Proverbs 12:12
May we engage in and promote responsible, honest and objective national discourse.
Written by Mr. Samuel Sarkodie Addo
Zonal Ministry Coordinator
Mid-Ghana Zone, GHAFES