The Right Reverend Festus Yeboah Asuamah, the Anglican Bishop of Sunyani, has said the social and economic misfortunes the country was experiencing were the consequences of moral decadence in the society.
He recounted that indulgences in nepotism, bribery and corruption, greed, selfishness and acts of immorality, had often brought God’s judgment on nations in the past, and the country would not be spared if Ghanaians did not change their negative ways of life.
Addressing the second session of the Fourth Synod of the Diocese in Sunyani, Rt. Rev Asuamah emphasized that the recent flood and fuel explosion in Accra were an indication that the country had lost God’s favour.
The three-day synod was on the theme: “A New Approach to Church Growth and Development in God’s Way and in God’s power.”
Rt. Rev Dr Asuamah noted that the sad incident, which left about 150 dead, must serve as a wake-up call for all Ghanaians to examine their relationships and reconcile with God, so that any impending calamity could be averted.
He also appealed to Ghanaians to strictly adhere to building regulations, and more importantly observance of proper hygiene and sanitation.
Rt. Rev Dr Asuamah stressed the need for churches to lead the crusade of environmental cleanliness, by organizing regular clean-up exercises.
He, however, expressed concern about the slow pace at which the Anglican Church was growing, and therefore advised the synod to re-examine, identify the causes and strategize to help tackle the diverse challenges obstructing the numerical growth and development of the Church.
Mr. Justice Samuel Adjei, the Deputy Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, reiterated that effective partnership between the Church and the State was required, for accelerated national development.
He expressed dismay that despite the proliferation of churches in the country, acts of immorality, like armed robbery, cyber crimes, fraud and general moral decadence, continued to increase.
Mr. Adjei said though the Church was doing its best to transform and push especially the youth to conform to the dictates of the Bible, a lot needed to be done in support of the government to stimulate rapid economic growth.
“We must ensure that our teachings and preachings were directed towards changing the mindset of the people,” he said.
The Deputy Regional Minister observed that certain traditional practices and cultural beliefs which directly or indirectly affected women, as well as gender equality and equity must be nipped in the bud.