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Letters to the 25th March, 2018

Our identity M S Kaleca, Nakasi We as Fijian citizens are a unique mixture of people. What makes us unique is our individual ethnicity, customs, cultures and preferences. It is
25 Mar 2018 16:21
Letters to the 25th March, 2018

Our identity

M S Kaleca, Nakasi

We as Fijian citizens are a unique mixture of people. What makes us unique is our individual ethnicity, customs, cultures and preferences.

It is something that we did not choose, but were born into it through predestination. It is our God-given right and no one can take that away from us.

The next time you see a ‘Rainbow’ take a good look at it.

You will notice that the reason why it is so beautiful is that all the individual colours complement each other well.

It is our hope that this will manifest in our communities and that people will learn to appreciate and accept our differences and live together in harmony.

Nothing is impossible if we try!    

  • Ms Kaleca will receive a Philips Steam Iron from Courts as our Letter of the Week winner (March Week 2). His letter was published on March 9, 2018

Two opposing views

Lawrence Narayan, Suva

Two prominent men died this month; Billy Graham died two weeks ago and Stephen Hawking died on Wednesday.

Mr Graham was a well-known evangelist who spent his life sharing the gospel to millions of people throughout the world while Mr Hawking was a brilliant and perhaps one of the greatest minds in theoretical physics in our generation.

He spent his life studying the mysteries of the universe. Both men certainly possessed an abundance of unique gifts worthy of our admiration.

Though both these men were exceptional in their own ways, their most significant difference was in the area of faith. Mr Graham knew beyond any doubt that he was a child of God, redeemed by Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:7).

As he approached death, he confidently expected to be ushered into the presence of the God of creation and hear these words, “Well done my good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21).

Mr Hawking on the other hand claimed heaven is a fairy tale and that there is no God and no need for God. For all his brilliance he was wrong. There is an afterlife for both believers and unbelievers. And he will be face to face with the Creator of the universe as His judge.

Just because Hawking was a genius in his field did not make him infallible when it came to areas beyond his specialty. There is no neutral position before God. The Bible tells us “We were (God’s) enemies” before we were reconciled to Him in Jesus Christ (Romans. 5:10). And Jesus said: “He who is not with Me is against Me” (Matthew 12:30).

And the truth is that in ways which are crucial to us as believers in the existence of God and His role as the Creator of the heavens and the earth, Mr Hawking got it wrong by denying the existence of God and His wonderful creation of which he himself was an integral part.

Overspeeding

Joel Trazo,  Nakasi

Recently I got a speeding ticket.

I just wish that speed detectors are installed in areas where probable speeding could happen.

This machine or speed detector is found in Lautoka before you enter town from Ba. It reads your speed and advises the driver to slow down if you are speeding. Since we don’t have it in other areas, it is therefore correct to say that drivers in Lautoka are favoured or protected by the LTA and the law is not applied equally to all.

Nobody is above the law. But in this case there is inequality in the enforcement of the law.

Kepa leads Rabuka

Amenatave Yaconisau,  Delainavesi

The influential position of the Roko Tui Dreketi, Ro Teimumu Kep, is reflected by the latest poll by Fiji Sun-Razor.

Despite the stirrings caused by the Lynda Tabuya and Ro Dona Takaleiyalesaga, Ro Teimumu and PM Bainimarama continue to lead the pack.

Do not forget

Dharmendra Kumar,  Suva

Many times we take the help we receive from others for granted.

In truth all of us have benefited in ways both small and large from parents, teachers, pastors, relatives  and friends who have invested in our lives.

How often do we stop to thank them?  How often do we take the time to let them know that what they did made a difference?  How often do we express the simple words that would mean so much to them.

Sometimes, we get so busy with the duties and responsibilities of life and simply forget those who have helped. Other times our pride doesn’t want to acknowledge the contributions of others so that we can give ourselves more credit for what we have accomplished.

But as the old saying goes, if you see a turtle sitting on a fence post, he probably didn’t get there by himself.

Do not let pride render you ungrateful. Take time to reach out and express gratitude to those who have contributed to your life.




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