The Reverend Dr. Kofi Amfo-Akonnor, Chairperson of the Asante Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, has reminded everybody to find space in their heart for the poor and the vulnerable by showing kindness to them as they join the rest of the world to celebrate this year’s Valentine’s Day.
It should be more about gift-giving and not indiscriminate or casual sex, he added.
The day could be used to visit the lonely, the sick, the needy, orphans and to build relationships but not for doing anything morally toxic.
Making the call through the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Kumasi, he said the immorality – the bad conduct, that characterized past celebrations of the event by the youth must never be repeated.
He appealed to the media not to do anything to poison or corrupt the moral fibre of the society.
The Rev Dr. Amfo- Akonnor said he found it deeply troubling that the media was “running valentine promotions with sexual slants – portraying the day as being for young lovers and putting money ahead of morality”.
He made reference to the struggle with HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections and said the choice was for all to be careful about their sexual lifestyles.
He called for the church to organize programmes to help deepen the understanding of people about “Love and care among married couples, caring for the elderly and the sick, and responsible courting for singles”, to mark the day.
His sentiments were shared by many including the Rev Achiaa Aboagye, a police officer, who said the celebration should be devoid of illicit sex.
“We must rather do things that would help the marginalized to feel loved and wanted”, she added.