It seems a sad day for clergy in Ghana, when the government finds it necessary to establish code of moral behavior for pastors. In a recent news report, the vice-president of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama announced that the government would soon be announcing ethics guidelines for the clergy of that country. The news report says that “This follows an increase in reports of pastors involved in deviant acts which constitutes a threat to the integrity of the church.”
Vice President Mahama said,
“The church and the state are in the same business of leading people and providing them with spiritual and socio-economic development. Politicians, religious leaders & society must cultivate and demonstrate the values of integrity in service to the country.
The government is determined to establish the core values of accountability and transparency in [indiscernible] of the country. We therefore urge parents to inculcate into their children the core values of life. “
While we in America may just shrug our shoulders & say, “Well Ghana is a small country a long ways away from us, Africa, South America & Asia are becoming the new centers of Christian thought and activity (replacing North America, which had in turn replaced Europe as the center in former centuries).
I don’t know enough about the situation in Ghana to know if this is a political usurping by the state in order to control the clergy, or a necessary response to legitimate corruption. Either way, it is a sad day.
You can read & hear the news report here.