Editorial

Editorial: Why Are We Always So Quick To Judge?

Firstly, Senior Pastor Atunaisa’s clip that went viral was only a portion of the entire message. It may have very well been taken out of context, but that is really for the New Methodist Christian Fellowship members to deliberate on.
16 Mar 2019 10:50
Editorial: Why Are We Always So Quick To Judge?
New Methodist Christian Fellowship senior pastor Atu Vulaono preaches to his congregation at one of their worship services.

In the past week we have once again seen social media go in overdrive.

This time it was to do with the General Superintendent of the New Methodist Christian Fellowship Senior Pastor Atunaisa Vulaono and his way of teaching his pastors and, of course, the Boeing Max 8 and what Fiji should do.

Firstly, Senior Pastor Atunaisa’s clip that went viral was only a portion of the entire message. It may have very well been taken out of context, but that is really for the New Methodist Christian Fellowship members to deliberate on.

People who were not part of the boot camp, those who did not see the entire message should perhaps refrain from belittling the church.

The New Methodist Christian Fellowship is indeed one of the fastest- growing churches in Fiji. They must be doing something right for it to attract followers by the thousands.

It is a relatively new church if we compare it with the traditional mainline churches such as the Methodist Church of Fiji and the Roman Catholic Church.

Some of the comments targeting Senior Pastor Atunaisa, his wife Raijeli, and NCF followers, calling it a cult are completely uncalled for.

We cannot expect everyone to have the same opinion. Followers of the New Methodist Christian Fellowship are content with their mentor, so be it. Who are we to judge them?

Don’t all religions teach us not to judge people and to exercise patience and kindness?

It is hypocritical of members of other denominations to demonise the New Methodist Christian Fellowship and its members, particularly, during lent.

If the New Methodist Christian Fellowship members were the ones raising issues about Senior Pastor Atunaisa, it would make sense.

They are part of that Church and believe in its teachings.

Let us not be quick to judge and demonise people when we do not understand their teachings.

Secondly, the whole drama regarding Boeing and its Max 8.

When Fiji first talked about buying the Airbus A330-200, there were calls from Fijians questioning why we were buying from Airbus and not going with the tried-and tested Boeing.

Now when the Boeing fleet has been grounded, the same people are asking why we did not buy more of the Airbus fleet.

No airline in the world could have guessed the issues which has risen with the Boeing Max 8 fleet. But, with technology, everything is possible.

Any issues which Boeing’s Max 8s may have will be fixed.

This does not mean everyone in Fiji becomes an overnight expert on the aviation industry.

Once again, it would be better if people find out all the facts before forming an opinion.

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