Professor Paul Frimpong-Manso has asked Christians not to abandon their social duties but be more responsible. He made this call monitored by voicefromafar on a local radio station in Accra while contributing his thoughts on the commemoration of the death of Jesus Christ.
Quoting John 19:26-27 to buttress his position, he stated that, Jesus' very words and actions revealed that He was not a Man who totally abandoned His family for the sake of ministry.
According to Rev Prof Paul Frimpong-Manso who doubles as the General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God Ghana and the President of the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council, Jesus went about His earthly ministry but even at the point of dying on the cross, He cared for the welfare of His family.
Rev Frimpong-Manso explained that Mary the mother of Jesus was a widow; and in that time, a widow who had no close male relative to look after her faced a precarious existence. By entrusting Mary to the “beloved disciple” (commonly understood to be John), Jesus was showing love and concern for his mother, ensuring that she would be safe and cared for after his death.
The man of God opined that, this should teach any and every Christian not to abandon their families for the sake of achieving something, being active in ministry, or whatever perceived important thing there is. "Our families are our first ministries" he emphasized.
Prof Paul Frimpong-Manso further admonished Christians and Ghanaians, in general, to exhibit this Jesus' character at this time where COVID-19 has become pandemic. He asked Ghanaians to be thinking of others especially the poor and the needy at this period. "Christ the Lord kept thinking about others, even at a time when it would be understandable for Him to just focus on fighting the pain He feels on the cross. He kept thinking about others, even at the point of death", he stressed.
Quoting Matthew16:24, Rev Frimpong-Manso said, "we as His followers ought to do the same. We are called to deny ourselves and follow Christ with our crosses on our backs or shoulders. We ought to do that".
Report by: Rev Obed K Asiedu
(Managing Editor, Voice From Afar)