Parliament has given indication that it will within the next month, investigate and prescribe regulations on church activities in Ghana.
The joint committees of Youth, Sports and Culture and the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, are to look at the proliferation of churches at the expense of human rights, and the use of working hours for church activities.
The Chronicle cannot hide our joy at this development, especially so, coming from Parliament.
We draw our strength from the good book which states in 1 Corinthians 14:33: “For God is not a God of disorder but of peace–as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people.”
As people of God, we must take inspiration from the above scripture among others, and go about religious activities with the utmost decorum to the glory of God.
The Chronicle has been observing with pain the current trend of churches engaging in activities that clearly frown on basic human rights, and to some extent, incite people against others. It appears we are tolerating disorder in the name of Christianity, and to us, the time to act is now.
We strongly believe that the state must take drastic actions against charlatan pastors, who abuse people’s rights at the least opportunity in the name of religion.
The Chronicle is certain that some people would raise counter submissions on this subject on the basis of freedom of fellowship and worship.
But to us, at The Chronicle, we cannot, as a nation, sit aloof and allow any one or group of people to take our people for a ride, simply because the person is using a ‘church premises’ or is referred to as a ‘pastor’ or ‘prophet’.
We are fully in support of an independent body to manage church administration, particularly the holding of church services during working hours.
How can we develop as a people if we spend working hours to hold church services, when others are working around the clock globally, using their God-given skills and talents to enhance the lives of their people?
God is really a God of order, and we believe there are times to worship, but definitely, not working hours, otherwise we cannot develop as a people.
We have taken note of the call by the Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram, Sam George, for caution in enacting any legislation to regulate the activities of pastors and churches in the country.
But, as we have stated earlier, that is expected, and with the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC) describing the move by Parliament to regulate church activities as prudent, we can hope for a serene religious environment in the near future.
The debate can proceed further, but in the final analysis, The Chronicle would like to stress that it would be in the interest of every citizen if churches are regulated in their activities that affect human rights and ultimately, productivity.