Tomorrow, 7th December, God willing, Ghana goes to the polls to decide who will govern the nation in the next four years. Who will you vote for? What will determine your choice? I believe anyone reading this might have made up their mind already. Now, there are fundamental issues I believe must influence our choice; among which are: good governance, sound economic policies and upholding the rule of law.
Probably, the period God’s name is most blasphemed in Ghana is during elections. And this year’s election is no exception. All manner of predictions in the name of God have been made. The major parties—NDC and NPP have all taken to the twisting of Scriptures to propagate their message.
Ghana’s former President J.A. Kuffour is quoted as saying:
I must confess, I am a Christian but I hardly read the Bible. While I thought of what to say at this function, something told me to open the Bible and I read the Book of Joshua where I saw God directing Joshua how to lead Israel unto the promised land. “God has spoken and his word is that the NPP would win Wednesday’s elections
Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketia, the NDC General Secretary is also quoted to have said: “The governing National Democratic Congress’ third spot on the parliamentary ballot paper represents John 3:16”. He further went on to say; “You haven’t heard John 3: 16 before huh? We have already composed songs with John 3:16,”
James Agyenim Boateng, a Presidential Staffer at Office of the Vice President also in a Facebook post wrote: “In the name of the almighty God, I claim the victory of election 2016 for John Mahama and the NDC”.
All are claiming victory in the name of God. Who is right? Now, as a Christian who affirms the sovereignty of God over all things, I believe whoever wins tomorrow’s election is ordained by God. That means, whoever your candidate is, and whatever party you support, one thing is certain; God has the final say. He is sovereign over all things, including appointing rulers of a nation: “The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD (Proverbs 16:33). “He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings” (Daniel 2: 21). “there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God” (Romans 13:1).
God has His “king”. I believe that and no amount of predictions and twisting of Scripture will determine the outcome of tomorrow’s election. The winner of tomorrow’s elections is known and ordained by God. See your vote as God’s means by which what He has ordained will come to pass. If your candidate wins, glory to God. If your candidate doesn’t win, glory to God.
Whatever happens after tomorrow, let us all pursue peace.
God bless our homeland Ghana
And make our nation great and strong,
Bold to defend forever
The cause of Freedom and of Right;
Fill our hearts with true humility,
Make us cherish fearless honesty,
And help us to resist oppressors’ rule
With all our will and might for evermore