Well madam Wendy, on second thoughts towards your ‘unbelieving views’, reminds me ‘The Parable of the Weeds Among the Wheat’ our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ spoke of on one incident as recorded by Mathew’s Gospel; 13:24-30, with its main message was to ‘be patience and maintain preaching on repentance’.
And seeing you wish on ‘saving a person’ does sounds our aim are not that much far apart, hope we are aiming the same direction instead of the opposite, don’t you agree.
I must say am glad you did not feel offended by my ‘reluctant resident’ reference for I had meant well i.e. creating a relationship instead of the opposite. And just as God respects our FREEWIL to choose which includes our ‘expression of mind’ makes me wonder whether you can see yourself following our God’s will, or is it just me and my wishful mind, hehehe?
Anyhow believe it or not, I can relate to your observation and suggestion that it is better for people to embrace their own myth -to an extent.
Simply because I believe, before the missionary’s arrived our shores our forefathers had already embraced our Peaceful and Tranquility Samoan Way of life where I refer to as Abrahamic culture same one directed by the trinity God himself when He calls Abraham to lead his village.
And talking Constitutions, you sounded like an honorable Judge knowing for certain what is ‘stupidly wrong’. Whereas to me, arguably our Nation Constitution is the most important Document to us all its Citizens so as other Nations even the set-up organization with in a Nation. And as time evolves thru generation so is the need to change as its concern leaders see it fit, from time to time.
Classic example, Christian State Bill 2016 notion. Actually the idea had been discussed and proposed for a change on to the Government by the National Council of Churches during its 2002 Annual General meeting. Coincidently T. Sailele Malielegaoi (Right Honorable Mr. Prime Minister) had attended it on his capacity as a Lay-preacher and he did receive it wholeheartedly with an open mind. As usual political protocol the Notion had mandated the 2010 Commission of Enquiry -where represented by 100% Reverends. Unfortunate they had incorrectly ruled against its ‘necessity’.
Such necessity had T. Sailele Malielegaoi and his Parliamentary group -current seating, corrected it. Honoring their Parental obligation onto our Nation’s resident even non-resident citizen’s betterment. Same goes with the LTRA 2008 Bill allowing the actively organized village council chiefs represented by various families Sao and their Aiga potopoto opportunity to utilize their useful and available land for their village and family members’ betterment. Definitely Wendy in Wonder, you and your non-believer group are welcome to join Christianity Notion anytime at your own pace. And most certainly we are not imposing it as our Lord God does not approve for us doing so instead of Patient and maintain preaching on repentance.
It is sad to note the poor souls whom make themselves believe that they are poor, as pointed out by Mr. John -our friend from afar, tarnishing our Tranquility Samoan way of life. Most definitely if such people had chosen to attached with their pertained Aiga Potopoto and relevant villages instead of being independent they would not be in such a situation.
Anyhow I second Mr. John’s compliment on to us all who willingly spend our time sharing ideas on this forum hoping for the betterment of our people. And may I suggest we do it with Love and Patient then certainly our efforts will not be in vain. Unlike Tofaeono Misãtauveve Iosefo Joseph Hollywood recent piece towards poor Mr. Hamilton where sounded too harsh and can imagine it result to added harshness, don’t you agree Mr. Hollywood?
Together with works as per our Dear Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ where no doubt Mr. Prime Minster and his Cabinet trying efforts even us Matai’s with our Godly obligation towards our family and villages participating Village council regular/monthly meetings instead of just gets honoured with a Matai and then disappear afar do nothing.
About this time last year Sunday week celebrating Fathers of Samoa I posed a question on to us Matai’s whether we be determine to stay around like ‘headless chickens’ for certainly if our divided Reverend brother focus is aimless then it is our moral obligation to help them straighten up mainly for the betterment of our family and village members.
Have faith in our TRINITY God promised of being with us until the end of times for he had remained faithful with his claim within His established Church under the protection of the Holy Spirit Gods 3rd Personification.
Paul’s letter to the EPHISIANS; 4:30—5:2 the second reading of today Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time honouring our Nations Fathers reads: Brothers and sisters: Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were sealed for the day of redemption. All bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, and reviling must be removed from you, along with all malice. And be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ. So be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us as a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma.
Wishing our Nations Fathers a Peaceful and Happy Fathers Day to you all!
Until next time we meet again,
Atalii fanau le au o le Talalelei
Leoo Muaimalae M.M.M.F. Pius