MR Newman Osaforo-Adu Amankwah’s rejoinder published in the October 17, 2013 issue of the Daily Graphic, which was a reaction to my earlier article published in the September 14, 2013 issue of the Daily Graphic, made interesting reading.
He raised a lot of biblical quotations to support the Seventh Day Adventist ( SDA) Church’s stance on the Sabbath.
Since I deliberately avoided biblical arguments in my earlier article, I will still not engage in one. I am happy Mr Amankwah said “if one cares to know, the SDA church emerged and evolved in the early 1840s to 1860s…” This confirms my stance because I believe that for the over 100 years since the SDA church started, there has never been a change in the doctrine.
A lot of changes might have taken place possibly according to changing times. So, if today we realise the strict observance of the Sabbath is affecting the very reason for which we go to school, then there must be a change to accommodate this challenge.
I was equally happy when Mr Amankwah said “the SDA Church per se have no bona fide laws that forbid Adventist students from writing examinations on Saturdays but the students know Saturdays in God’s scheme of affairs is designated for man to worship Him.
Again, rather, our church is so democratic that everyone is free to decide what to do in matters like this (examinations)” and that what my student did (for not writing examinations on Saturday) was purely conscientious.
To buttress his points, Mr Amankwah drew my attention to the fact that, “some grown-up Adventist professionals do further studies or write examinations on Saturdays and that is also according to their conscience.”
This is the crust of my “liberal” argument. I would like to remind Mr Amankwah that the grown-up Adventists professionals who write examinations on Saturdays know what is good for them socially and that is why they take appropriate measures. But can all growing children in basic and second cycle schools decipher what is good for them socially after they have been “indoctrinated” by the various faiths of their parents and guardians?
Children by nature exercise a lot of fear in many instances and they might fear to write examinations on Saturdays. And even though grown-up Adventists professionals might have same fear element, they would choose to write the examinations since they know it affects them socially.
Unfortunately, children might not realise this. I, therefore, expect the parents to take these decisions for the children. If we leave the decision, as to whether to write examination or not on the Sabbath, for the children to take, we end up jeopardising the lives of many students as in the case of my student.
Emmanuel Kwabla Wodewole, Teacher
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