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.

Authored 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




Understanding the Meaning and Timeless Implications of the Christian Doctrine of Trinity

  The Meaning of Trinity

In reality, the Trinity cannot be fully or properly defined.  Then how can one describe God?  The Trinity affirms that God exists in one Godhead, having eternal distinction within His being.  Those distinctions correspond to what was manifested in the history of salvation as recorded in Scripture.  God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit – three in one. Thus the term trinity describes a relationship not of three gods, but of one God who is three persons. The word Trinity is used in an effort to define the fullness of the Godhead both in terms of his unity and diversity.

Some Significant implications of the doctrine of the Holy Trinity to the Christian life and ministry

The Trinity is a summary of Christian teaching that God is truly the living God

In this doctrine, it becomes clear that God is truly the living God, the God who has life in himself, who is literary full of life. It also tells of one God and Father who invades our world as Jesus the Son to provide salvation and fellowship.  God is now present in the ongoing life of His people by the Spirit. Thus within the three-in-one God are all the possibilities of communication.

The Trinity is the Christian doctrine of God that counteracts heretical teachings

  Because the Trinity corrects the false teaching of deism—God created and then left the creation to natural laws. Because the Trinity corrects the false teaching of subordinationism – that Jesus is less than God. Because the Trinity corrects the false teaching of polytheism—that there are several gods of whom Jesus is one.  Trinitarianism is monotheism.  God is one. Bruce Milne explains this better by pointing out that everything that matters in Christianity hangs on the truth of God’s three-in oneness. In this case one is urged to take the supreme issue of our sin which separates us from God and renders us subject to his wrath. In the final analysis sin concerns two parties, the offending sinner and the offended God. Hence, if Jesus is not God, my sin really has nothing to do with him. Once when Jesus forgave a man’s sisns he was accused of blasphemy, for only God can forgive sins (Mark 2:5-7). For only if Jesus is God come to us in person can he deal with our sins; conversely, if he deals with our sins, he must be God. God is therefore not a simple undifferentiated unity of being.

The doctrine of the trinity is of importance to our salvation

The entire fabric of Christian redemption and its application to human experience depend wholly on the three-in-oneness of God.  Christians claim that God’s regenerating power has come into their lives; now they know God and experience his presence, are persuaded of the authority of his Word, and receive strength to live for him and gifts with which to serve him. But if this is not God himself at work in us, Christian’s claims about the activity of the Holy Spirit are a delusion, unrelated to supernatural reality. Only if the Holy Spirit who acts upon us is God himself, can our experience make good its claim to truly redemptive? On this basis too, we must say that God is more than a simple unity of being.

The doctrine of trinity is of great importance for a proper understanding of creation and God’s love

The threeness of God is also the basis of the fundamental assertion that God is love. God is not a lonely God who needs the creation as an object for his love. As Trinity God is fulfilled in himself and does not need to create or redeem. As creation and redemption are acts of sheer grace, expressions of God as free eternal love.

The belief in the trinity is equally essential for the doctrine of revelation

This is seen from the fact that the doctrine of the Trinity is the basis for all revelation. In the revelation of the Father, in the Son through the Spirit, we not only receive some external information about God, but we have the gurantee that God himself is speaking to us and opening his divine heart to us.  Here it can be said that the Trinity is the inner life of God.  In Himself, God is eternally what He reveals Himself to be in Jesus the Messiah.

The Trinity invites participation

The Trinity is best experienced as an invitation for the worshipper to participate in fellowship with the triune God. Here to reflect upon God in his three-in-onenss, Father, Son, Spirit, in their distinguishable persons and functions yet perfect unity and harmony in mutual, everlasting love, is to catch a vision of something so unspeakably glorious, even beautiful and attractive, that it has ever and again down the centuries moves men and women to the heights adoring worship, love and praise.