In the Book- Mending the breaking Cord – Fred Yamoah has broken the taboo of subjecting aspects of religious/ Christian forms of worship, in Africa; to critical enquiry, by inviting Christians, non-Christians and traditionalists to re-examine the best ways in which religion/Christianity can be practised to promote the well-being of all humanity; rather than just the pastors and religious leaders.
Sharing semblance with the Biblical “Mustard seed”, Fred’s Mending the breaking Cord, though only 76 pages long, holds a transformative message which seeks not only to challenge existing status-quo, but also motivates all humans to strive for the welfare of creation. Fred does this by denouncing the strategic application of subterfuge through which some Religious/Christian leaders use the economic, social, political and cultural milieu to exploit the vulnerable by invoking God’s name. As an illustration, Fred states clearly that: “Hiding behind the position of divine intermediary rather than a servant to the Congregation, some Pastors and Christian leaders make claims to entitlements and privileges that are not available to their members.” This phenomenon represents one of the crisis bedevilling the African society, as emanating from religious leaders, especially the Charismatic church leaders.
Thus, as a “prophetic voice” carrying messages of hope and confidence to a hapless community as in the Old Testament era, Mending the breaking Cord, brings renewed sense of awareness to engender critical thinking and reflective approach to explore creative ways in which Religion /Christianity can be practised to enhance the general well-being of humanity and society, particularly in Africa.
In Mending the breaking Cord, Fred draws on the wisdom of prominent Christian Theologians, Religious leaders and Traditionalists, on the continent of Africa and beyond, to emphasise one cardinal tenet of the Bible teaching; that human well-being is not an exclusive preserved- right of pastors and religious leaders alone but also all humans regardless of background or status.
In a spirit of solidarity with all peoples of Africa and beyond, especially those seeking human dignity, I recommend that they read this book- Mending the breaking Cord- to sustain this debate with a view to advancing the welfare of Africans.
Dr. Felix Nana Kofi Ofori, Brunel Business School, Brunel University, Uxbridge, UK.