Outspoken Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has hit out at campaigners and authorities calling and rooting for the construction of a National Cathedral.
As has become his custom, in a long write up filled with references from the Bible, Mr. Ablakwa expressed his disappointment at individuals who he noted should know better not to fuel the debate about whether the country needs a Cathedral.
He called out the Deputy Minister of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Mr. Paul Essien who had earlier argued that putting up the Cathedral in the way Government is going about it will bring blessings to the nation and criticized him for failing to see that God blesses individuals by their conduct and obedience to His commandments.
“Clearly, the Deputy Minister has not averted his mind to I Kings 6:11-13 where King Solomon after spending 7 years to build what the Bible records as a most imposing and magnificent temple made of gold – “Then the word of the Lord came to Solomon, saying: Concerning this temple which you are building, if you walk in My statutes, execute My judgments, keep all My commandments, and walk in them, then I will perform My word with you, which I spoke to your father David. And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will not forsake My people Israel.”
It is as clear as daylight that God will not merely bless our nation just because we constructed a cathedral. The Lord looks more at our conduct and our obedience to his commandments.
The Deputy Minister and the many Government spokespersons speaking like that are failing to recognize that our hearts and our deeds are what the Lord looks at and indeed what matters to Him. The Bible says in Proverbs 14:34 that “righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people.” Note that it isn’t the existence of cathedrals that exalts a nation.” He averred.
The pious MP also charged the government to come clean on its true intention on the construction of the edifice which will require the demolition of the homes of about nine judges.