Christianity is the largest religion in Ghana, with approximately 71.2% of the country's population being member of various Christian denominations as of 2010 census.
The above suggests that a leader who appeals to Christians in general, will stand a greater chance of winning presidency or parliamentary positions.
But this also begs the question; who should a Christian vote for?
For most Christians, human government is an ordinance of divine appointment. Pastors across the country thus teach their followers to obey the right to vote as a sacred duty.
However, there is nothing in the Bible that addresses this topic directly. And Christians are not all agreed on what position to take. Some feel that they should stand apart from all aspects of politics. They may feel that since Christ will soon to return, Christians have more important matters to deal with than to debate various political issues, seek office, or vote. Whatever time is left, Christian could better use in witnessing and preparing others to meet Christ.
Other Christian sect like the Jehovah Witnesses object to voting and involving themselves in political matters on the grounds that their effort will be nonproductive. Bible prophecy indicates that world conditions will steadily deteriorate, growing worse and worse as the end approaches, so why put forth the effort to improve matters?
Other charismatic preachers, on the other hand, have been deeply involved in the political climates. Prophets ranging from Angel Obinim to Rev. Owusu Bempah have shared their prophetic declarations on who "God has revealed to them as future presidents of Ghana". Pastors like Mensah Otabil of the International Central Gospel Church, have taken a more subtle approach to the political season, with Otabil asking his church members to never put their votes on autopilot.
No matters your stands, the Bible can guide every Christian on who to vote for come December 7th.
The biggest problem that faces Christians in voting is that they lack omniscience. Even if they vote intelligently and conscientiously, they may make a mistake. But this is true in all areas of life. Should Christians never act unless they are absolutely certain they are right? If so, both the government and the church would be paralyzed, for no one is infallible. Timid leaders would hold back, doing nothing lest they do the wrong thing. In the meantime the devil and his forces would occupy the field. In voting as in every other activity, the Christian should seek divine wisdom, then do their best. The right to a free ballot has been purchased by the blood of patriots. The Christian will not regard it lightly, nor permit it to be lost through apathy or disuse.
There are clear indications in the Bible about who a good leader is, such as in Acts 20:17-21 where the Bible touches on Godly leadership. Today, I write to present to you some of the good qualities to look out for in who to vote into presidency or any leadership position;
1. A godly president is marked by a servant attitude.
Paul’s servant attitude flavors this entire message, but he mentions specifically that he was “serving the Lord” (20:19). The word “serving” is the verb related to the noun “bond-servant” or slave. Paul often referred to himself as a bond-servant of Jesus Christ (Rom. 1:1; Gal. 1:10; Col. 1:7; 4:7; Titus 1:1). This means that a leader primarily serves the Lord, and only secondarily serves the church. He will answer to God someday for how he fulfilled the stewardship entrusted to Him.
2. A godly president is marked by transparent integrity.
Paul said, “You yourselves know, from the first day that I set foot in Asia, how I was with you the whole time” (20:18). He later mentions that he was with them “night and day for a period of three years” (20:31).Integrity means that what you are in private or at home is the same as what you are in public. Your life is a single fabric.
3. A godly president is marked by a humble character.
You have probably heard it said that as soon as you think that you’ve attained humility, you’ve lost it. But that’s not true. Paul here mentions his own humility. Jesus described Himself as gentle and humble in heart (Matt. 11:29). In a nutshell, biblical humility is a conscious awareness of your utter dependence on Jesus Christ.
4. A good president is one that is compassionate
These qualities are behind the word “tears” (20:19). He again mentions his tears in 20:31, in the context of admonishing these elders, especially with regard to false teaching. Paul’s tears showed how much he cared about these men, and the feelings were mutual. As the old saying goes, “People don’t care how much you know unless they know how much you care.”
5. A good president is marked by steadfastness in trials.
The Ephesian elders had seen Paul go through the trials that came upon him through the plots of the Jews (20:19). The Book of Acts does not record any such plots in Ephesus, although it does report several other such plots of the Jews in other cities (9:23; 20:3; 23:12), and so it is not difficult to assume that the same thing had happened in Ephesus.
6. A good leader is modest, not arrogant.
We’ve all encountered the know-it-all leader, the “submit-or-else” type of leader. But Proverbs 16:5 says, “Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord; be assured, he will not go unpunished.” I don’t know about you, but I definitely don’t want to be referred to as an abomination to the Lord. That’s some pretty scary stuff.
7. A good leader is a peacemaker.
Proverbs 16:7 says “When a man's ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.” Yet so many leaders aren’t interested in examining an opposing viewpoint or other ideas. We’ve lost the ability to empathize with others, and compromise has become a bad word.
8. A good leader surrounds himself or herself with honest, trustworthy counselors … and then listens to them.
“Righteous lips are the delight of a king, and he loves him who speaks what is right” (Proverbs 16:13). Do you know leaders who surround themselves with “yes” people? Personal insecurity drives them to seek only positive reinforcement for every decision they make.
The act of voting when exercised in behalf of justice, humanity and right, is in itself blameless, and may be at some times highly proper. At the same time, Christians should avoid participating in the spirit of party strife and debate.
Some wise Christians have taken the position to engage in no political agitation or discussion, privately or publicly. They do not pose as the supporters of any particular political party. They seek always to recognize Christian principles apart from and above the candidates. If they vote, they do not link their interests with such parties. They cast their votes for the candidates who in their judgment are best qualified for particular offices, without reference to party affiliation.
Even as all the parties in Ghana have laid down their aspirations through manifestos and campaign promises, Christians must bear in mind that most politicians usually say things just to gain votes. The only true guidance for Christians during the elections is supposed to come from God. Thus it seems clear that God-fearing people may, without sacrificing principle or compromising conscience, fulfill their obligation to government. They may, without becoming involved in political strife, cast their ballot. At the same time they will long for a better world, and pray, "Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven" (Matt. 6:10).
Every individual exerts an influence in society. Every voter has some voice in determining what laws shall control the nation. Should not that influence and that vote be cast on the side of such things as freedom of religion, moral issues, temperance, virtue, freedom from drug abuse, and forthright honesty?
Based on all the above, between Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and John Dramani Mahama, who are you voting for?