PNGUM President. Pr Kepsie Elodo
Seventh-day Adventists in Papua New Guinea have been urged to pray for the 2017 National General Elections.
Head of the church in the country President Pastor Kepsie Elodo said the National General
Elections was a very important event that needed support from the church.
“I call on all Seventh-day Adventists to pray for the elections. Every church member must pray so God will appoint good leaders to run our nation,” Pr Elodo said.
Pr Elodo said God raised leaders at his own timing and He also put them down, therefore prayers were needed for their election.
He said the church must pray for a trouble-free election.
“Let us pray for a trouble-free election. We don’t want harm and destruction to lives and assets. Voters must respect each other and the Holy Spirit will provide the peace that is needed,” he said.
He also called on the church members to ensure that they are united during the polling period.
“Unity is paramount in the church. History has shown that elections bring about disunity among believers.
“Maintain unity before and after polling as much as possible. Don’t allow the devil to bring disunity among the church.
“Keep away from fights and destroying property.”
Pr Elodo added the election process must take place smoothly.
“Do not interrupt polling. Respect scrutineers and other election officials. Support and respect them so that the election process can take place as planned.”
He also encouraged the church members to refrain from casting their votes on Sabbath as polling will begin on a Saturday and also end on a Saturday. Seventh-day Adventists keep Saturday as the Sabbath. The Sabbath begins at sunset on Friday and ends at sunset on Saturday.
“Avoid voting on Sabbath. While we respect our authority, God’s law is superior. According to Acts 5:9, let’s abide by God’s law.”
Pr Elodo appealed to the PNG Electoral Commission to respect the rights of Seventh-day Adventists by allowing them to vote on other days and not on Saturday.
He also warned that individuals who create disharmony during the elections should be disciplined by their local churches.
There are more than 294,000 Seventh-day Adventists with more than 1,000 local congregations in the country.