If anything we need Jesus, not national cathedrals.
Actor Lydia Forson just made a laudable point on twitter. These people want to build a place of worship that we can live without instead of buying hospital beds and providing for Ghanaians better healthcare.
Okay, let us really talk about this National Cathedral thing.
John chapter 44 verses 21 and 23: ““Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem……. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. ”
Where then is His Excellency the president getting his motivation from? Why does he want to build a large ‘temple’ on here if even the original one in Jerusalem, according to the bible, did not really suffice and equate to the true worship of God? Did he get inspired by the United States of America: The Washington National Cathedral? The cathedral in one of the most sexually perverted and racially unstable countries in the world? Some African countries have a national cathedral and so what? How is the president even going to do this and also build one dam and factory in every constituency?
Also, the recent communications that this project is funded by some “philanthropists” outside is just incredibly ludicrous. I mean which organization or country would give you such an amount of money as needed to undertake projects like this when there is no clear picture how money will be made out of it? I mean even if there would be a school, an art gallery, and a Bible museum in it, what real money will that make as compared to the huge cost that will be incurred in all this?
This may appear farfetched, but in this current largely Agnostic and atheistic world, even if any country or organization were to fund a project like this, it will just be a cover for something dubious; maybe something that will trap Ghanaians. No one will just throw away such an amount of money.
On the other hand, there really could be money in Ghana like the president said, and this is the best way the government knows how to spend it.
On unrealistic projects! There is two years left until another presidential election, and NPP could lose – what happens to its unfinished cathedral project then. Any way you look at it, it’s a silly project.
Who are this politicians trying to deceive? They go on platforms and say all the lies and inflammatory remarks in the world; they take money meant for profitable ventures and share it among themselves, then they want to give us a big place to go and be religious?
Well, Ghanaians will gladly embrace this project if at the completion of it all these politicians will be the first to go there and repent of their sins and selfishness because that is what God does not like.
More so according to a publication on Joy News, the Washington Cathedral was completed in 83 years; so if this is accurate, even if Ghana’s would take 20 years, it won’t ever be completed. New Government, new rules.
Speaker of Parliament Rev Prof Aaron Michael Oqauye, unfortunately, missed the point when last year he said, “It will help recognize the role of God in the affairs of the country”. What kind of churches don’t we already have in Ghana; plus, how effective will a cathedral that was set up by politicians of today even be? It is just going to be charade!
There are already too many uncompleted projects in Ghana; already too many jobless people; already too much financial heat in Ghana. We need the promised factories set up so we can work and earn. People will be buying the produce so there is a clear idea where salaries will be coming from on the long term. People are dying because they are not close to hospitals and medical centres.
James 1:27 says this: “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” Also, 1 John 4:20 says “If anyone says, “I love God,” and yet hates his brother or sister, he is a liar. For the person who does not love his brother or sister whom he has seen cannot love God who he has not seen”
There it is: if people are dying because they can’t access a hospital, if people need sustainable jobs, if messed up roads are killing people, this is what should move “people of God”. Love would want to attend to all these before going to waste money on a cathedral that God would not come to live in.
There are a lot of things to blame for the morally deplorable state of Ghanaians today, but church buildings are not a part of them.
Politicians should first get Jesus before they come and give us a cathedral.
If we all as a people practised living our lives as Jesus taught in the bible, the whole of Ghana will be a cathedral; a spiritual cathedral. Even all these recent happenings of kidnappings and killings would stop if that were the case. Cathedrals cannot stop that.
Some politicians will even make money off of this project: they will steal in the name of doing God’s work-building a cathedral.
It’s just sad; sad and ridiculous.