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Methodists Stand Firm for Truth and Justice

May 26, 2009

While 500 of our people marched last Sunday in Sydney in support for democracy in Fiji, more than 2,000 braved the rain and wind sheltering at the main podium, sitting in the tents, and standing on the sheltered walkways at Furnivall Park in Suva in an open air service organized by the Suva Division of the Methodist Church. Others spilled into the verandahs of the Suva Primary School and the Annesley School in Suva where they sought shelter while participating in the church service. Apart from the President, General Secretary and officials of the Methodist Church, participants included high chiefs including Adi Samanunu Cakobau, academics, politicians and prominent citizens such as Dr Tupeni Baba, ex-SDL Minister Losena Salabula, some Ministers from the apolostic churches and members of the Methodist congregation in the Suva-Davuilevu corridor.

Speaking in Fijian, Rev Kanailagi said that Christ had come to teach us the truth and the way of love and justice. He had sacrificed his life doing so. Likewise the Methodist Church had brought the gospel of love and hope to Fiji at a time when there was great darkness and cannibalism. That Fiji had been ceded by our high chiefs to Great Britain and to a system of government where the rule of the club was given up to be replaced by a civil society which respected the rule of law was due in no small part to the earnest work and dedication of the early missionaries some of whom have lost their lives in the service of the gospel. Rev Kanailagi reiterated that while the church must stand for peace, it will not and must not shirk its responsibility to proclaim the prophetic voice in standing for God’s truth and justice.

At a time of great poverty and hardship, when truth is denied, the rule of law is flaunted, and the Bainimarama junta relies on oppressive decrees and the power of the gun to force its will on the people, Rev Kanailagi’s message is very relevant and timely. The Scripture is inspired by God to teach us what is true and make us realize what is wrong in our lives. According to the gospel, our faith teaches us what is right, and to do the right things when we are wrong.

The church cannot compromise with a regime where it is quite clear that decisions have been made without God’s guidance as evidenced by their effect of oppressing the people, impoverishing families and communities and isolating the nation.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. EnufDictatorship permalink
    May 27, 2009 5:49 PM

    I say after May 30 (Pentecost day)…is a good time to start thinking ways the church can go forth and regain our destiny!!!!!

  2. Kaiviti permalink
    May 28, 2009 3:19 AM

    Hear Hear EnufD! I agree absolutely! Just for all bloggers info:

    There will be a gathering of the Pentecostal churches at
    Ratu Cakobau Park this Sunday arvo. The church is coming together to pray and ask for the Lords divine intervention in our nation. I would urge all democracy advocates to make their way there.MAY GOD BLESS FIJI!

  3. EnufDictatorship permalink
    May 28, 2009 9:50 AM

    Vinaka Kaiviti for the info.

    The chiefs can’t do it…the lawyers have been challenged…now it’s the churches’ turn to stand for the GOOD that Jesus came to serve us and DIE for it too.

    We have to disregard the ills that the churchmen who involved themselves in the last coups have committed, because they know only too well that their judgment will be meted to them from a Higher order.

    But now is the time for the Church to stand-up PEACEFULLY and MAKE SOME HALLELUYAH NOISE!!!!!

    Rem. the walls of Jericho fell ONLY FROM THE SOUND OF PRAISE TO OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN!!! AMEN!

  4. LUVfiji permalink
    May 28, 2009 10:42 AM

    “That Day”. . .

    For Christians, the Day of Pentecost as we believe it to be, is when we have come to the point of total reliance on the resurrection life of Jesus, which brings us into complete oneness with the purpose of God.

    EnufD… are we, in Fiji, living that life now?

    Perhaps, not. For the Word says, “In that day you will ask Me nothing.”

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