I joined hundreds of members of the Church of Pentecost on Sunday, 20th November, 2016 to walk for peace through some principal streets of Ashaiman. The message? The church wants to be an agent of peace in this year’s election.
The response and enthusiasm from the members typified the church’s active role in shaping a peaceful environment for the conduct of the December polls.
The peace walk was part of the church of Pentecost social initiative of being “Agent of peace” campaign that seeks to draw the need for all involved in the election process to ensure a peaceful election before, during and after the election.
The agent of peace campaign has been launched in almost every part of the country where the church operates. That was the first part of the campaign. The campaign has resonated well with the members as seen in the numbers that poured out to walk for peace on Sunday.
The Church of Pentecost is one of the largest congregational churches in Ghana with branches dotted across the length and breath of the country. With its headquarters in Ghana, the church has spread to over 90 countries in the world making it the largest Pentecostal church in Ghana.
With its mission of vigorous evangelism and planting churches across the continents of our world, the church sees a peaceful climate in Ghana as key in fulfilling this mission with its nationwide campaign to members to help sustain the efforts of leaders and authority.
The church has a role and it must be seen as actively fulfilling that to ensure they are not overtaken by political disturbances. We have seen many nations suffer political instability that thrown the progress of the nation backwards. In that state, the church too suffered.
Despite the gains made when it comes to the practice of democracy since 1992, the tension that characterizes electioneering process make key stakeholders like the church active players in the process. Elections should not only be left at the doorstep of the EC and the political parties but civil societies and the church must also be seen as influencing the process.
I think it is in the light of this that the nationwide campaign by the church of Pentecost for its members to be agents of peace within their community. This effort is laudable and will go a long way to promote peaceful polls.