Former outspoken Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ghana, Reverend Professor Emmanuel Martey says he has changed his style of commentary on national issues.
Professor Emmanuel Martey was vocal on national issues under the Mahama-led government between 2012 and 2016. He consistently attacked the government for perceived corruption and economic mismanagement. He has, however, gone quiet in recent years.
Some Ghanaians have accused him of being hypocritical and selective in his criticism.
However, at a public lecture in Koforidua on Tuesday, Prof Martey said he now uses text messages, among other channels, to talk to people about issues of national concern.
“Tour. Professor Martey still speaks but has changed his style. Those I need to communicate with, I communicate. Sometimes by text message and a lot of things have happened because of my intervention. So I still speak”.
The Very Rev. Teacher. Martey explained that the constitution of the Presbyterian Church only empowers serving moderators to speak on behalf of the church on national matters.
“You know the revelations, practice and procedure of the Presbyterian Church in Ghana, the spirit of our constitution is that the Presbyterian Church in Ghana has but one representative to speak on behalf of the church and this person is the moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana were not former moderators but serving moderators.
“And for me, my understanding of leadership is that, especially in the Church setting, leadership is like a relay race when the baton is given to you [you don’t take it, it’s given to you], you run as fast as you can and when you get to the next person you pass the baton and stop running. If you pass the baton and keep running, whoever does is crazy,” he said.
The Right Reverend Martey admits corruption is still rampant in Ghana but says many clergy are reluctant to speak out for fear of verbal attacks from the guilty society. He also alleged that some clergy accept bribes that come as gifts from politicians to silence them while others refuse to speak out due to their tribes being in power.
He said that while the Bible enjoins Christians to pray and respect political authority, it also instructs Christians to resist authority that disobeys God.
He stressed that the church should not be silent but rather use its prophetic voice to fight for the poor and oppressed and nip in the bud the evils of society.
Speaking on the theme of the public lecture The Bible, Its Impact on Church and Society in Ghana,” Reverend Martey said the Bible has positively influenced and impacted all spheres of life including politics , arts and entertainment industry, moral standards, and facilitated national development.
He however lamented politicians who hide behind the Bible to gain power but then deviate from the principle of the Bible.