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"Ghana should not burn because of politicians"-Clergy
News Date: 26th August 2013

A clergyman has appealed to Ghanaians not to do anything to disturb the peace of the country after the Supreme Court verdict on the 2012 election petition, next Thursday.

The Reverend Ransford Kwabena Awuku- Gyampoh, Minister in- Charge of Trinity Congregation of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana at Adweso near Koforidua, said: "Ghana should not burn because of politicians. We should all protect the prevailing peace from now and the day of the verdict and beyond".

He made the appeal in a sermon at a special church service that was attended by Christians and traditional authorities, at Adweso on Sunday.

The service, which, was dubbed: "Africana Sunday", aimed at blending Christianity and culture, and how to bring back the "lost" Ghanaian cultural heritage.

Rev. Awuku-Gyampoh said Ghanaians should see themselves as one people with a common destiny and work towards peace for development.

He urged traditional authorities to unite the people and initiate development projects to better their lot.

Rev. Awuku-Gyampoh expressed concern that some Ghanaians neglected their culture and copied foreign ones.

He urged the church to collaborate with traditional authorities to promote Ghanaian culture for national development.

The Deputy Eastern Regional Minister, Ms Mavis Ama Frimpong, noted that Christianity was introduced in the country dating back to the time the first Europeans arrived in Ghana.

She said modern day Christianity should not ignore Ghanaian culture and tradition, which the people could be identified with.

Ms Frimpong urged Ghanaians to embrace their cultural heritage and refrain from copying blindly foreign culture, which has no bearing on their lifestyles and development.

She said blending Christianity with tradition was important for peaceful co-existence, adding that "Let us imbibe in us respect for the elderly, wearing of traditional clothes, preparation of traditional foods, and celebration of our traditional festivals".

The Omanhene of the New Juaben, Daasebre Professor Emeritus Oti Boateng, who was the special guest, commended the church for organizing the event aimed at blending culture with tradition for national development.

He said it was unfortunate that some churches see culture as "pagan worship" and called for a distinction between culture and paganism.

Source: GNA

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