Independence Without God Is Slavery

Rev. Samuel Kwesi Somuah

Rev. Samuel Kwesi Somuah

THE USUAL Sunday English Service at the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, La Nativity Congregation took a dramatic turn on Sunday 6th of March when the resident pastor, Rev. Samuel Kwasi Somuah led the congregation to sing Ghana’s National Anthem after his sermon on the topic: ‘Independence Without God Is Slavery’ to rekindle the spirit of patriotism among the members.

In his sermon, Rev Somuah likened Ghana’s current situation to the parable of the prodigal son as found in Luke 15:11-32 which he said was a classic example of the kind of “Independence and Freedom we get and how we manage it for our good or destruction.”

Explaining further, the man of God said “if wealth, honour and life are what you seek in your independence, let God be part of all your planning, for of what use is money in the hands of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom to manage the wealth (Proverbs 17:16).”

Stressing further with Joshua 5:9-12, Rev. Somuah said God had rules and guidelines for the people to live in the land of Independence and Freedom. He said “God told Joshua ‘henceforth I am allowing you to learn to take care of yourselves. Since you are able to farm and produce food enough to sustain yourselves, there is no need for continued spoon feeding’.”

Rev Somuah queried: “Did you set any targets for the nation as a people and have you been able to follow through and managed it well to bring us to where we are?” adding “Are you satisfied with our national development and growth? Can you accept that things are better or worse since then?”

Re-echoing some of the speeches of Ghana’s first President Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah when he was leading the push for ‘Self Government Now’, the Rev. Minister said freedom is not something that a person can bestow on another as a gift and added that those who need it claim it as their own and none can take it from them.

“We should not lose sight of the fact that we all have the right to be who and what we can be. The best way of learning to be an independent sovereign state is to be an independent sovereign state. The best way to learn to drive is by driving,” he quoted the former charismatic leader.

Rev Somuah went on to stress that the Christian’s Freedom or Independence is not “the survival of the fittest,” but rather “the deliberate conscious effort to work out for all to benefit just as Dr Nkrumah proclaimed on the eve of independence that our independence is meaningless, unless it leads to the total liberation of the whole Continent of Africa.”

Concluding his sermon with Galatians 5:1, the Rev Minister said: “Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you,” adding “what do you have that you did not receive?”

By Christopher Kotei

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