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Stop insulting the elderly on social media – Bishop Tackie-Yarboi cautions youth

Bishop Tackie-Yarboi said the trend is showing that young people are increasingly taking to Social Media platforms to insult the elderly

The Presiding Bishop of Victory Bible Churches International (VBCI), Rt. Rev. N.A. Tackie-Yarboi has cautioned the youth in the country to desist from insulting the elderly, public officers and people in positions of influence on social media as has become the custom in the country in recent times

Delivering a sermon on Sunday, 16 June 2024 (Father’s Day), entitled “The Lost Diamond of Honour,” at Dominion Sanctuary, the headquarters church at Awoshie, a suburb of Accra, Bishop Tackie-Yarboi said the trend is showing that young people in the country are increasingly taking to Social Media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, among others to insult the elderly.

The seasoned preacher quoting his anchor scripture from Romans 12:10 which says “Be kindly affectioned, one to another with brotherly love; in honour, preferring one another”. He expressed grave concern about what he says is now a prevailing phenomenon where young people who are yet to live their lives to the full or make any impact, take to social media and rain insults on senior citizens and accomplished members of society in the name of politics. He stated that sometimes it is simply because these young people share a different view from what these are public officers hold.

Bishop N.A. Tackie-Yarboi, and his interpreter, preaching at Victory Bible Church International, Dominion Sanctuary

 

“On social media, you see young people who have not achieved anything in life insulting people who have been there before they came, please may you never be like that. Show honour to God, and show honour to your family members and [those in authority],” Bishop Tackie-Yarboi said in his sermon.

Culture of honour

Bishop Tackie-Yarboi, in his Father’s Day message, also bemoaned what he says is the lost culture of honour in Ghanaian society. He noted that the country has lost what used to be the culture where the young honoured the elderly, subordinates honoured their bosses, and wives honoured their husbands, among others.

A cross-section of the congregation at the Father’s Day service

“Man is very important and the key by which you can get men is how you honour them. So do not forget, let honouring people be part of your life. Some people do not deserve honour, but don’t look at them. Target those who deserve honour. Don’t let anyone discourage you from honouring people, may God help us,” Bishop Tackie-Yarboi proclaimed.

The seven keys of honour

In his teaching, the VBCI leader talked about seven keys to understanding the principle of honour. First, Bishop Tachie-Yarboi said “honour is the action derived from the attitude of respect, and respect only becomes honour when action is taken. Second, honour demonstrates respect honour is not honour until it is respected.”

Bishop N.A. Tackie-Yarboi, being honoured by the women and children of Victory Bible Church International after the sermon

Thirdly, Bishop Tackie-Yarboi said, “honour demonstrates esteem which is recognition of worthiness.” Honour “should be given to those who are worthy of it.” Fourth, “honour is not honour in the kingdom of God until it is demonstrated by a gift.” Fifth, “honour comes from recognition of who someone really is. It is impossible to truly honour anyone until you recognize who and what they are.”

The sixth point Bishop Tackie-Yarboi made was that “honour is only given when a high value is placed on the one that is being honoured. You cannot honour God or anyone else if you do not see value in the person being honoured.” Lastly, “honour given will be honour returned. When someone who is deserving of honour receives it, they will always return honour to the one from whom it was received.”

The Victory Sanctuary Choir ministering during the Father’s Day church service

Reporting by Wilberforce Asare in Accra

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