Christian Should Not Become A Chief

2140 WordsMay 13, 20169 Pages
One of the main reasons why some Christians believe that a Christian should not become a chief is that the religious duties of a chief are sinful. However, Boadi argues that “chieftaincy as an institution of leadership is not sinful since God instituted it,” (Boadi 2001, 22). Romans 13:1 states, “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God” (New International Version). Boadi also argues that there is no place in the scripture that describes teachings against the institution of chieftaincy itself (Boadi 2001, 22). Wee quotes Boadi in his article about Christianity and chieftaincy, which clearly illustrates Boadi’s argument. Boadi writes: …Scripturally chieftaincy is a divine institution. Therefore it is not sinful for a Christian to be chief. Preferably, all leaders including chief should be Christians in order that they may rule with divine love and justice. …To be a Chief is honorable and the office offers many opportunities of service. It should be encouraged as service to humility and service to God… (Boadi 2001, 22-23) Boadi suggest that it is not a sin for a Christian to become a chief but rather that Christian teachings encourage the chief to rule with “divine love and justice” and help spread those qualities to his citizens. Bediako argues that incorporating African traditional religious practice in order to understand Christianity is
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