“Please work with us” this was the plea of Seventh-day Adventist Members of Parliament (MP) in the 6th Parliament of Ghana when church leaders met with them on June 22, 2016 at the Parliament House, Accra.
“Work with us so we can help the Church in ways only MPs can. Working together, there is so much we can achieve for God, Ghana, and the church,” Hon. Emmanuel Kwadwo Agyekum, MP for Nkoranza South told church leaders.
Led by the Southern Ghana Union President, Pastor Thomas Techie Ocran, officers and directors of the Union visited the MPs to encourage and pray with them. According to Pastor Ocran, the visit marks the beginning of interactions with MPs for the mutual benefit of both parties.
“We are here to build and foster lasting partnerships with you as members of the Church; to remind you of your role as ambassadors of God and the Church in Parliament; and also to find out what the church can do to support you as politicians, especially during this election year. This is the threefold purpose of our visit,” Pastor Ocran told the MPs.
Adventist MPs in the current Parliament number eight (8). Six of these were able to make it to the meeting and were very excited at the opportunity created by the Southern Ghana Union to meet regularly with them and support them in their calling as politicians.
They lamented the neglect of politicians by the church and their treatment as outcast because the demands of their work does not allow them to regularly worship in their local churches. They were also not happy that while Ministers of other churches call to pray for them or call on them to help implement development projects, their own church does not do this with them.
Some members were also not happy with how some local churches offer their pulpit to politicians for partisan campaign. “We must discourage giving our platforms to political parties and their agents to use for campaign, Hon. Ato Amoah, MP for Twifo Atti Morkwa appealed. The MP for Kwabre East, Hon. Kofi Frimpong also challenged the Church to speak up on national issues. “Our silence on national issues puts the church in the background and that makes some of us very uncomfortable. We must speak up.”