In a message on “how to vote” delivered to his church members last Sunday, Pastor Mensah Otabil of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) made the point that it was people who selected their leaders and not God.
Pastor Otabil said God does not elect leaders, but it is the citizens who by their votes choose the leaders they want.
This view has however been countered by Dr Lawrence Tetteh, Founder and President of the Worldwide Miracle Outreach (WMO), who stated that God will choose a leader for Ghana on December 7.
He was speaking at a press conference in Accra to formally launch a three-day miracle crusade programme by the Anglican Church of Ghana under the auspices of the St George Anglican Church, Chorkor Parish.
The crusade dubbed: “Christ is the answer crusade” aims at seeking the face of God for peace before, during and after the December 7, general election and to usher in a new transition of hope and prosperity for the nation.
In a homely, Dr Tetteh reminded Ghanaians that it was God who gave peace and appointed leaders and so on December 7, he would do it again for Ghana.
“True peace comes from the God we all serve and we must ensure that in our utterances and actions the characteristics of the followers of God must be evident. No political agenda or propaganda will give us a president but God. He is the one who enthrones kings. God will elect a president for Ghana come December 7, so let’s do it peacefully,” said Dr Tetteh.
He emphasised that “Ghana does not belong to any group of special people but to all of us. Ghanaians are one people and we can unite to build a peaceful and a prosperous Ghana”.
He said that political differences should not be a platform for enmity, violence, disregard for authority and intense hatred for one another.
He called on Ghanaians to learn to count their blessings and be thankful for how far God had brought the country.
The renowned global evangelist said a country that acknowledged the greatness of God was bound to succeed.
He said in that vein it was important that information on religious, economic, social and political issues be factual in order that the populace was not misled – a feat that the Ghanaian press had strived to achieve.
He addressed some pertinent issues which to him should be stressed during “this pre-election period”.
Dr Tetteh indicated that respect, decorum, honesty, selflessness, Godliness and many other virtues which were synonymous with the character of the average Ghanaian was fast becoming a thing of the past.
He lamented that Ghana’s airwaves, print media, as well as the internet were fraught with insults, lies, character assassination, deceit and the use of intemperate language.
He said those vices which were corrupting the fabric of the society should be condemned in no uncertain terms by all well meaning Ghanaians.
“All leaders – political, religious, traditional and civil society in general have a crucial role to play in curbing this rather worrying trend,” he reiterated.
“Ghana is the only home we have and in fuelling violence and encouraging outright indiscipline, we are destroying the very nation we so dearly love,” he added.
Dr Tetteh urged Ghanaians to be resolute in their quest for the peace of the nation, saying “a massive united front is the way forward for Ghana in our bid to have successful and peaceful elections”.
Citing 2 Chronicles 7:14, he said: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land”. He said religious leaders would continue to pray for the nation and lead by example.
He cautioned the media to abhor any unacceptable language and desist from fueling the already existing tension, as “a wise word tends to douse the flames of a raging fire but a reckless statement fuels the fire and has far reaching consequences”.
He further urged editors of all media houses in Ghana to ensure that what they put out for the public promoted the good of the nation.
He stated that presidential candidates of the various political parties had been invited to the crusade, namely President John Dramani Mahama of the National Democratic Congress, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party, Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom of the Progressive People’s Party, Dr Michael Abu Sakara Foster of the Convention People’s Party, among other candidates.
The Reverend Father Edmund Nii Kwate Quartey, Parish Priest of the St George the Martyr Anglican Church and Evangelism Coordinator of the Anglican Diocese of Accra, is the Host Minister of the Crusade.
Among the dignitaries that graced the press conference were Dr Stephen Danso, a Ghanaian Analysis Engineer, an Evangelist and a Pastor domicile in the United States of America, Rev. Patrick L. O. Ayer of the WMO and the congregants of the St. George the Martyr Anglican Church at Chorkor in Accra.
By GhanaReporters, Accra with files from GNA