OPINION: No Barrier

This is a transciprt of Nemani Delaibatiki’s My Say programme on FBC Television’s 4 The Record last night. My spine cringes when I hear people who profess to be Christians
31 Aug 2015 09:22
OPINION: No Barrier

This is a transciprt of Nemani Delaibatiki’s My Say programme on FBC Television’s 4 The Record last night.

My spine cringes when I hear people who profess to be Christians use the Lord’s name in vain. On one hand they speak of Jesus Christ and on the other they talk of hatred and violence. Vulgar language and Jesus Christ just do not mix. It’s like trying to mix oil with water.

The use of religious beliefs to achieve extremist political ideologies is a recipe for disaster. Those who know their scriptures will not put a spin on the holy words to satisfy their selfish and narrow sectional interests.

They do not care about the welfare of people who get hurt and scarred for life because of their irresponsible actions. Jesus Christ preached love and peace when he lived on this earth.

He taught people to forgive one another. Never during his ministry  in the land of Palestine did he preach violence and hatred to justify a cause or action. He healed the sick and made lame people walk.

He restored the eyesight of the blind and hearing for the deaf. He visited the poor, the needy and the rejects of society, those  who were referred to then as untouchables.

He never discriminated people. In fact he united people. He tore down down the barriers that separated them and instructed them to love one another.

His own people misunderstood him and falsely accused him. He was convicted and crucified to atone for the sins of all mankind.

His final act: He forgave those who conspired to inflict terrible pain and unimaginable suffering on him as he hung on the cross.

Real and genuine Christians will do their best to emulate his example.

It’s a travesty of his standards when people use his name and do things contrary to his teachings.

I am talking about those in our midst who use his name to fight their their political battles using methods that are totally opposed to his moral code.

The best way to see if we are going in the right direction is to measure our standards to his. If they do not match then we need to change otherwise we are heading to disaster, grief and pain.

Last  week I talked about Maciu Navakasuasua, a former soldier of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces. He now lives in Australia. He was one of the gunmen who stormed Parliament in Veiuto on May 19, 2000 to overthrow Mahendra Chaudhry’s Labour Government. He served his prison term for his crime.

In hindsight, he said he regretted what he did saying he was influenced by failed politicians, corrupt businessmen; church and community leaders who told him the coup was to protect the interests of the iTaukei.

Navakasuasua believes the same kind of elements are now preying on innocent and vulnerable people to engage in violence and destabilise the Government.

Most of the ones he knows have moved overseas and have continued their battle on social media.

He says their targets “are vulnerable people who are easily influenced.”

We’ve got to look back and learn from what had happened in 2000 and even 1987. To build this nation, we must have peace and stability and that will happen  if we uphold the law and our democratic ideals.

We cannot abuse our democratic rights to break the law. We need to learn from history otherwise we are heading to another crisis.



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