The clergy has been called upon to make issues that will bring about national cohesion, unity and stability a top most priority in their sermons so that their followers will better appreciate the need to give peace a chance to strive in the country, ahead of the November general elections.
The Presiding Bishop of Consuming Fire International Church, Most Reverend Dr. Alexander Paa Nii Walden made the call in Cape Coast while he was speaking to journalists on the sidelines of his 10th anniversary consecration as a bishop.
According to Bishop Paa Nii Walden, Ghana will add the forthcoming elections to her enviable records of being a beacon of hope in the sub-region as far as violence free elections are concerned.
This, he said, can be achieved through prayers, intensification of God’s word about peace by the clergy and high level of tolerance among Ghanaians.
He stated that it would be suicidal for Christians to ignore the good teachings of Christ and fight against one another all in the name of political power.
He added that for the country to continue to enjoy peaceful atmosphere before, during and after the November general elections, men of God should use their pulpit to promote national cohesion, unity, tranquility and stability.
He also cautioned political parties and their activists to eschew violent acts and other forms of negative tendencies that have the potential to destabilize the peace of the country.
“Political violence can be very deadly and we must do everything possible to avoid it. You may die even before the party you fought for will win”, he advised.
Bishop Walden intimated that concomitant effects of post political violent in other parts of the continent must be a grim reminder of the potential dangers involved in political disorders to all Ghanaians.
Consuming Fire International Church was founded by Bishop Paa Nii Walden in Cape Coast about 25 years ago with seven members.
The Church used to have it evening prayer sessions at the Cape Coast Jubilee School Park.
Now the church has 24 branches with a membership population of more than thousand.