The Kaneshie District Pastor of the Church of Pentecost, Pastor Adjei Nimako Darkwa has called on religious and churches leaders to help the assemblies in which they reside to organise periodic clean-up exercises as well as to educate their members to adhere to proper sanitation practices.
According to him, Pentecostal and Charismatic Churches make up 28 per cent of the country’s population, therefore various leaders in churches should organise clean up exercises and also use their pulpit to the educate them on it effects.
Doing this he said, would bring attitudinal change which is key if the country wants to meet its goals on sanitation.
“We need to be serious with what we share as the word of God every year and the impact of the message must be felt so that we can address certain problems together as Christians,” he advised.
Pastor Darkwa said that all must strive to complement the efforts of government “by changing our attitude and adopting better lifestyle towards the environment.”
In an interview with GPCC NEWS, Pastor Darkwa bemoaned the bad sanitation practices where people dump refuse indiscriminately into gutters with impunity and litter everywhere. “Improving sanitation is a shared responsibility and we must all help the government to succeed,” he said.
Pastor Darkwa urged Christian bodies to be up and doing so they could affect their communities positively.
According to him, God is a holy God and cleanliness is next to Godliness, and filth is synonymous to sin so where filth abounds sin is also abounds.
As Christians “we must start preparing ourselves by keeping a clean environment and be stewards of the environment because God requires that we keep the environment clean since heaven is clean,” he said.
Making reference to the bible, the man of God mentioned that, God told Adam to take care of the garden but he said, “We are not taking good care of our environment even though Christians have responsibility to keep the environment clean.”
Suggesting ways to address the sanitation menace in the country, he noted that, religious leaders must consciously teach about environmental cleanliness which would bring Christians to a level where they would appreciate what God has given to mankind.
Again, once a while “we can organise communal labour, desilt gutters and tidy the environment once every day because God abhors dirty environment”, he said.