General News of Monday, 31 March 2014
At a time Ghanaians are pressing the nation’s security agencies to do more to protect them against brutal armed attacks by criminals one of their representatives in the country’s 275-Member legislature is proposing a heavenly solution to the problem.
Ablekuma North MP, Joe Appiah says law-abiding citizens who come under armed attack from criminals should simply recite the words of Isaiah 54:17 and they will be shielded by God.
The MP’s comments come at a time when the depreciating cedi has provoked many of Ghana’s pastors into night by night prayers in a desperate but spirited bid to get the nation’s fallen currency to regain strength against major international currencies.
“[In] 1995 when I was attacked by armed robbers, it was very terrible that time…” Mr. Appiah said at Monday’s sitting of Ghana’s national assembly. “When the armed robbers came to me, I just prayed a simple prayer – Isaiah 54:17 – that no weapon fashioned against me shall prosper. It really worked”.
He went on, “We need protection in his House. If for example, an armed robber or gun men enter this august House, how many of us can recite Isaiah 54:17 so that God in his own image will save us?”
The opposition MP was contributing to two statements read on the floor earlier by two colleague MPs on the recent wave of armed attacks that have claimed the lives of a number of Ghanaians.
The Bible in Isaiah 54:17 says, “No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, said the LORD.”
Mr. Appiah told colleague MPs at Monday’s sitting the promise of the Lord in the above Bible verse was potent and that he was a living testimony. He apparently drew inspiration from some Ghanaian church leaders and believers who have recently turned to God to save the nation’s troubled cedi.