This is a follow up to my earlier article – Here
President John Dramani Mahama,
President of the Republic of Ghana
I am writing to you on the occasion of your recent visit to my country, Scotland. I write to you as the Moderator of the Free Church of Scotland and as a Christian brother. I wanted to welcome you to our country, to apologise for the rudeness you experienced and to explain something about where Scotland is at, in the hope and prayer that your country does not go the way we have gone.
Firstly let me apologise for the rudeness of some of our politicians in refusing to treat you with the dignity and respect that your office demands. This was done because the touchstone ‘shibboleth’ issue for some of our politicians is the question of LGBT rights. I’m afraid our governing elites and media have become obsessed with this, to the extent that anyone who has a different point of view is demonized and excluded from public life. Such is their sense of moral superiority that they feel they can treat you in this way and bully you and your country into accepting ‘our’ values. I felt that there was a level of hypocrisy as well, because the same complaints were not made when another more powerful country, China, were given the red carpet treatment.
The trouble is that our liberals believe that we are at the top of the evolutionary tree. We are progressives who have ‘progressed’ further than other countries in the world. We are so convinced of our own morally superior cultural values that we see it as our mission in the world to export these values. This is why the United States government offered to ‘help’ you with LGBT rights, and why you will doubtless receive offers of ‘help’ from Western liberals on issues such as gay rights, abortion and transgender. As is our habit we often tie in such ‘help’ with economic ‘aid’ – despite the fact that you are the 9th largest economy in Africa and growing to the extent that it will soon be us who need your aid! It is patronizing and to be honest a 21st Century form of Western colonialism. It is a subtle form of racism – not so much based on skin colour, but rather on perceived cultural values. We call them ‘human rights’ with the implication that those who do not agree with them are somehow lesser humans. It is a more subtle form of racism/cultural superiority. Our liberal elites do believe in their heart of hearts that your country is backward and not as ‘progressive’ as us. Of course they go in a rage when this is suggested, because after all one of ‘our’ values is to be anti-racist, so how could white liberal elites ever be racist? But actions speak louder than words. You shall know them by their fruits.
The issue is, as you are aware, who decides what human rights are? Is there a right to kill the child in the womb? A right to have sex with whoever you want? A right to kill the elderly and infirm? My view is that the laws of men should be based on the law of God. We, in the West, have been greatly blessed by our Christian heritage and tradition that has given us values such as equality, tolerance and respect for all human beings. But the trouble is that we are moving away from that. We are rejecting the Bible, and we are rejecting the God of the Bible. Whilst we retain some of the fruits, my fear is that having removed the foundation, we won’t be able to stand when the storms come. The fruits of Christian civilization are withering, as the roots have been poisoned. Our society is descending into moral chaos, the gap between rich and poor is widening, our education system is declining and the family, the building block of any society, is being undermined. We have replaced the Bible with the morals, fashions and fads of the ruling elites as the basis for our politics, education and laws. Sir, I beg you to learn from us. Don’t follow our example. I note that you, like me, are an historian, with a history degree. I think there is much to be learned from Scottish history, both good and bad. Perhaps the greatest lesson is not to give up your Christian heritage.
I have been reading a bit about your country and I have to say I am impressed. You have a population more than five times the size of Scotland and a landmass three times the size. In Scotland we like to think of ourselves as the home of Presbyterianism (other than of course Jerusalem!), and countries like yours as in need of missionaries. But I have discovered that your evangelical Presbyterian church is more than three times the size of our national church…you are growing and we are in decline. It is us who need missionaries from Africa! Please come over and help us.
I see that you once belonged to the Presbyteria Nyanyui Hame le Ghana, but you are now in the Assemblies of God. No matter – it’s not the denomination that matters, it’s the Jesus we follow. It is important that we follow Christ whatever the denomination. I address you as the leader of your country but I also address you as a Christian brother. My own denomination is also an Evangelical Presbyterian church – although we only have 15,000 members. The next time you are in our country we would be delighted to have you as an honoured guest.
Once again please accept my apologies for the behaviour of a minority of our politicians. I am thankful that most applauded you and were glad to have you in our country. I hope one day to visit yours. Please accept the prayerful good wishes from the many Christians who remain in Scotland. May the Lord bless you and keep you,
Yours in Christ
Rev David Robertson
Moderator of the Free Church of Scotland
St Peters Free Church
4 St Peter St