RENEWING MINDSETS ABOUT WORK: AN IMPORTANT PROGNOSIS FOR AFRICA’S DEVELOPMENT, By Rev. John Kwasi Fosu

Renewing mindset about Work for Africa’s Development
By Rev. John Kwasi Fosu

In my recent work on the Discourse on African’s Development: Moving from Diagnosis to Prognosis, it was established that taking into consideration Africa’s abundant resources, it stands the chance of Development when the mindset of Africans are renewed, especially through the influence of the Biblical worldview about work, time creation and God. As a continuation on that reflective work, this article attempts renewing mindsets about work in the African context.Rev. John Kwasi Fosu

The key to every development of a nation starts with positive mindset and thus attitudes to work. The rational is that hard work works. An observation and examination of the general attitudes of many Africans about work, identifies many dimness with which many people regard their work. These unconcern attitudes are not only seen in Government sectors but in the private sectors as well. In Ghana for instance, many government and for that matter public functionaries are run down due to the workers’ poor attitudes to work. This phenomenon is unfortunately not only a problem with the so called secular world, but also prevalent among Christians as well. Unfortunately, the salt and light ministry of the Christian does not reflect in some Christians’ working environments.

The seemingly deprived mindset of average Africans about work needs to be presented. Some see work as a necessary evil whose only use is to provide them with only daily meal. Others see work as a means of amassing wealth. Still other Africans perceive work as a curse. A punishment that God sentenced Adam and Eve into for disobeying him (Genesis 3:17-19). This false mentality probably implies that the more physical one’s work is, the more it is to be looked down upon – since the harder the work the more the person is seen as cursed. In my opinion, this unfortunate mindset permeated the brains behind most of the corrective measures of Africa’s Judiciary and Educational Institutions. I remember that when I was in a Secondary school in Ghana, whenever I broke the school’s code of ethics and conduct such as coming to school too late, the punishment I received was a portion of land to weed. Based on that experience, I saw farming and other kind of work that involved physical strength as a punishment. Should that be the case? Most people who are sentenced to imprisonment in Africa are declared to serve in number of weeks, months and others years in hard labour. These situations then make the average African to think that hard work is a curse or punishment at the expense of recognizing that hard work works.

Unfortunately this wrong world view about work inform both religious and non-religious singers and artists to further propagate this false notion. What one sees from many film and music video clips is that whenever God blesses someone in the African context, he or she works in a fully furnished Air-conditioned office. Eventually most highly professionally skilled personnel such as engineers are not usually seen on the field of practice. Could Africa be developed with that mindset?

These pictures about work thus call for balanced and renewed mindset from a biblical perspective. Work is to be seen as a civic responsibly to the nation and thus fulfillment of God’s command. A redeemed mind must therefore see work as God sees it. A good citizen is to find fulfillment in work as service to humanity, creation and worship of God. Jesus, God incarnate worked hard as a Carpenter (Architect) – that called for physical strength, a teacher (Lecturer), and a healer (Doctor), as a Servant Leader (Politician) and ultimately as a Redeemer (Priest or religious worker). Thus Jesus could say that he came that “we might have life in abundance (John 10:10).”

The implication of this worldview about work is that whatever work that one is involved in must be seen as a call and thus is holy and divine service. There should not be separation as to spirituality and secularity of work from God’s perspective. People are differently gifted and talented in life to impact their generation differently and thus positively. One’s calling may be to preach the gospel, do development work or work in a government ministry or private organization. All are of equal importance to God. Thus for development of our part of the world, Africa, there should be the developed mindset that with God there is no work that is menial or trivial as long as it is done as unto God and not unto man (Col 3:23). It should also be understood that our work is relational to our worship and the two cannot be separated.

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TOWARDS A THEOLOGY OF SOCIAL MEDIA! By Rev. John Kwasi Fosu


By Rev. John Kwasi Fosu

A New Kind of Social Media: Get Connected now!

We live in a world that is media technologically inclined. Reflecting on today’s technology and thus the social media in particular leads me into a discovery of the existence of a kind of media technology in which the picture can be found in the Bible.

In the Old Testament, technology was used for very important things such as the building of the ark in Genesis 6. On the other hand the people of the world at a point in time wanted to use technology for evil purpose of only making a name for themselves and thus living independent of God. The story of the building of the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11 serves as an example to this in the Bible. No wonder, the contemporary computer revolution comes with certain challenges. One of them is what is commonly known as computer crime or fraud.Rev. John Kwasi Fosu

How did Jesus use a kind of media technology of his time? An answer to this question can be found from how one defines technology. I define media technology as the progressive modification of the environment for human ends. It is a process or activity that extends or enhances a human function. A Computer for example extends one’s mental ability.

In the light of the above definition, when one thinks about the reason why Jesus collected the boat belonging to Peter in order to sit in it to preach at the direction where the wind would help in the preaching and hearing of his message, what comes to mind is that Jesus made use of the available media technology of his time (Luke 5). No wonder, today’s Christians and thus the Church are caught up in the web of social media. There is therefore the need for contemporary Christians and the Church to impact their generation by strategically utilizing the available social media in order not only to positively connect others to themselves, but most importantly to their maker and redeemer who is Jesus.

Why are people so interested in today’s social media? The fact remains that people naturally seek others to be connected with and thus befriend with. The life and ministry of Jesus serve as examples to us. Jesus in his world of interdependence in the midst of unfaithful people, called those who were connected with him and those who are now connected to him as his Friends. And basically that is what contemporary social media seek to do. However, the contemporary social media come with the challenge of meeting friends who are unfaithful and thus unreal. Yet those who are so connected and hooked to their friends on smart phones, tablets or personal computers in order to communicate make these equipment to be so close to them that the last thing they look at before they go to bed are their computers and the first thing they look for when they wake up from sleep is their computer. Some even sleep, bath, go to the washroom, drive and thus do everything with their smart phones.

As we reflect on the kind of social media that is pictured in the Bible, it is important to know that Jesus invites us and seeks to be connected with us. Every contemporary social media, be it Twitter, Google plus, Facebook or Yahoo Messenger requires that you sign in and accept to be a member. In the same way, Jesus invites us into believing and accepting him into our lives (John 1:12). In fact, getting connected to Jesus is risk free, fraud free, virus free and distance free. Revelation 3: 20 has it that Jesus stands at the door of your heart knocking. All you need for registration is to open your heart. Jesus desires not only your communion with him, but that you dine with him as well. One important thing is that you may not be able to be in eternity with the current social media. But with Jesus’ media, your eternity is assured. You will see him face to face. Some are connected to so many friends that they do not know. But as you open your heart and get connected with Jesus, he knows you intimately before the foundation of the world and thus before you were born.

To compare the contemporary social media to the new kind of media as God gives, Jesus’ social media which is the relationship that is connected with God as enshrined in the Bible, it is worth emphasizing that this kind of media is able to solve social and moral problems which the contemporary media fall short of. Computers and for that matter the internet will tell us more about how people live, but they cannot show us how to live in order to have lasting fulfillment. Thus the supreme answer to our problems is a personal and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ which is a picture of social media in the Bible.

As you read this article and seek to be connected with Jesus’ as your new kind of social and divine network, may Jesus be like or take the place of your computer, Tablet or smart phone. As such may Jesus enter or come into your life, scan all your problems: whether physical, social, mental and or spiritual. Further, may Jesus download all your solutions, be it financial, marriage or relationships, healing, travelling opportunities, academic excellence and divine favour. And lastly like computer, may Jesus edict your tensions, stresses and crossroads of life.

Authored by Rev. John Kwasi Fosu

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DISCOURSE ON AFRICA’S DEVELOPMENT: MOVING FROM DIAGNOSIS TO PROGNOSIS, By Rev. John Kwasi Fosu

Discourse on Africa’s Development is an attempt to give some reflections on Africa’s relatively poor developmental situation. Many writers and commentators on Africa’s developmental issues focus more on the problems that confront the continent which in this write up refers to Diagnosis instead of coming out creatively with some solutions to the developmental crisis which is Prognosis. Hence my choice of words in the topic of this article, Discourse on Africa’s Development: Moving from Diagnosis to Prognosis.

The fact that Africa has been greatly blessed is undeniable. I agree with Darrow L. Miller’s observation that Africa’s abundant natural resources make her the wealthiest of the World’s seven continents. Religiously, Africa played a pivotal role in the growth of the Judeo-Christian faith. In terms of human resource, the wealth of Africa lies in the fact that they are created in the Image of God. The rich culture of Africans can be seen all over the world. Moreover, the irreversible increase and influence of the Church in Africa with particular reference to African Pentecostalism and Charismatism serve as a sign of Africa’s blessings as a continent.

The paradox that haunts the minds of all well-meaning Africans is that despite these countless blessings and riches, Africa remains undeniably the most poverty-stricken and broken continent. A look at the contemporary history of development reveals that there are signs of development in all the continents that were relatively poor with the exception of Africa. Asian countries such as Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan and Singapore are today in favourable transition to a more healthy economic conditions. How is it that Africa continues to suffer? I do not subscribe to the ideology that Africa is under curse. Neither should Africa be described as a dark hole, which means they always receive aid but remain as they are without making any wise use of the aid for development.

In my opinion, Africa stand a greater chance of development and transformation when the mindset of the people are renewed. This is a way of saying that there should be a call for significant change in the worldview of Africans when there is a discourse on Africa’s development. Thus for a balanced development of the African continent, there should be a promotion of the worldview that is based on the biblical concepts of development.  A worldview that should see creation and for that matter the environment, people, work, time as God sees them. This balanced worldview should therefore be taught in schools, colleges and universities, in the media and above all in the church as agents of national development. Christians and for that matter the Church in Africa should see Jesus as not only the Lord and Saviour of their lives, but also as the King of their nations and universe as a whole. This mindset should serve as the basic prognosis to Africa’s development.

This article serves as an opening discourse on the topic under consideration: Discourse on Africa’s Development: Moving from Diagnosis to Prognoses. Readers, Scholars, Christian Leaders and Balanced und unbiased Politicians are called upon to join me in the discussion. The rational is that, since ideas rule and make a great nation, your creative contribution to this discussion may serve as a great way of impacting your generation.

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YOU ARE BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVOURED! By Rev. John Kwasi Fosu

 

Rev. Mrs. Mary Fosu at her MPh. Degree Graduation Ceremony

Your union with Christ places you in a significant position of being blessed. The Apostle Paul in speaking about our riches in Christ points out in Ephesians 1:3 that,

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

Indeed Paul talks about our positional blessing as far as our faith in Christ is concerned. It is this positional blessings that informed the Angel to greet Mary that “You who are blessed and highly favoured.” This greeting came at the time when physically Mary was not well of. Yet she was blessed in the Spiritual realm.

Note that, like Mary, the mother of Jesus, your blessings are not tied to your present environmental circumstances. Your significance is in God and he has blessed you in the spiritual realm, awaiting your appropriate response of faith for physical Manifestation.

 

ARISE AND IMPACT YOUR GENERATION NOW! by Rev. John Kwasi Fosu

Arise and impact your Generation now! By Rev. John Kwasi Fosu

Rev. Fosu at Bochum, Germany

Impacting your generation has no expiry date. If the starting point of relevant living is getting connected with God, then recognize the fact that the time to impact generation is now. It begins from recognizing and affirming your design. For God has made you for a purpose. Let the period of living in regret and anxiety be over. Regret looks at the past, worry looks at the prevailing circumstance, but faith looks ahead. If God chose and sent Moses as a deliverer at the age of eighty (80), then there is hope for you. If God could anoint and use David at a tender Age of seventeen (17) then it is not over with you. You still have a chance to make impact. The only barrier is for you to live purposeless life. And this is what this site helps you to avoid.

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