“God is not in support of anarchy, sectionalism, nepotism, tribalism, striving, anger, confusion, civil unrest, fighting, conflicts, war or any forms of societal unrest to humanity”, because “a kingdom divided against itself cannot stand”.
The above words are extracts of Prayer For Peace message regarding the impending Supreme Court verdict written and signed by the Senior Pastor of Faith Chapel Assemblies of God – McCarthy Hill branch, Rev. Ben Newlife Zotoo, a copy of which The Herald had intercepted.
Rev. Zotoo’s peace message titled “Peace, Now Or Never” professed that “the Holy Book admonishes us that as much as it will depend on us, we should live in peace with all men”, adding “this admonition is more apparent in the life of Ghanaians as ever.
He said, “as a Man of God, I feel oblige to add my voice to the call of peace. The call for peace and the need to maintain it has intensified now due to the outcome of the Supreme Court verdict about the 2012 election petition”.
According to him, the Bible said that “we pray for the peace of the land because there-in lies your prosperity; and how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity”.
This is the time to appeal to all God fearing Ghanaians to accept the verdict in good faith, knowing that this is not the end of the world, and God makes all things beautiful in his own way and time.
“Wherever there is peace, there is God, but where there is no peace, God is not there! Our prayer is that God should remain in Ghana and sprinkles His blessings on our individual lives, our families across the country and on our fellow neighbours and loved ones. Striving with each other without having a second thought about God’s will bears no good fruit among us.
“There is no gainsaying that Ghana has become a beacon of hope for the Africa continent. This feat was chalked by everyone’s contribution and this made Ghana what it is today. Why can’t we sustain it”?
According to Faith Chapel Assemblies of God Pastor, “since independent, Ghanaians have tolerated all kinds of situation which averted several conflicts and unrest which could have plunged the nation in disorder but peace has kept us together for this far”.
Rev. Ben Newlife’s peace message described the 2012 general election as “has been very eventful in many regards.
“One of the remarkable things about last year’s election was the election petition currently before the Supreme Court, because out of the six elections held under the 4th Republican dispensation this is the only one which result is being challenged and at the court”, he noted.
He said, “because of the peculiar nature of this court case and the heat it generated so far, many people are sitting on edge.”
The worried Man of God opined that “people are not too sure about how they would receive the verdict by the court. Even though I associate myself with this concern, I want to believe that the Ghanaian I know would once again prove the skeptics wrong and emerged victorious without unwarranted lawlessness.”
“Several times the world thought Ghana would go the way of some Africa countries like Liberia, Sierra Leone, Cote D’voire, Kenya to mention but a few, but when it came to the crunch we rose to the occasion” .
“In 2008, Ghana got to the brink but the unique nationalism in us came to the fore and we sailed through. Even in 2012 election when there was disorder concerning the result, this same ‘Ghanaianness’ did the trick for us again and landed us in court.”
Rev. Ben Newlife said, “I am of a firm believe that when the court announces its verdict, this mannerism in us Ghanaians will rise to the occasion and peace will continue to be entrenched in the country”.
“This believe of mine is informed by the fact that there is no way our current generation will disappoint our forebears who through diverse means which kept the country intact until we took over from them”, he stated.
“The next generation is earnestly waiting to take over the mantle of the statesmanship in one peace and not in piece, hence we cannot afford to disappoint them”.
He, therefore, advised that “we must all put our hands on deck and continue to maintain the peace we have now or else live to forever regret it.
“As we prepare our minds to accept the Supreme Court verdict in good faith, may God Almighty replenish all your looses back with greater prosperity and May His presence abide with you all till the last day”.
Credit: Rev. Ben Newlife Zotoo, Senior Pastor
Faith Chapel Assemblies of God, McCarthy Hill