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The General Secretary of the country’s biggest denomination, the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa, is concerned.

Reverend Dr. Iutisone Salevao says an over emphasis on human rights is one of the factors leading people to pull away from traditional strengths like the church and family.

This makes them vulnerable to “attack and temptation.”

“Samoa is fighting for its soul,” he says.

“There is too much on human rights when we are lacking in attention to our duties and responsibilities.”

Focusing only on human rights sees “children start to say ‘no’ to their parents, to the church and so forth.

Other people mistakenly think human rights give them the “right” to do anything they want – including misbehaving.

According to the General Secretary, this is one of the hidden costs of modernising Samoa.

Human rights and the freedoms that come with it sometimes bring the “wrong message to some people’s ears, to think wrong, even to abuse their own children.”

But he rejected using human rights as an excuse for doing wrong.

“No,” he says. “That’s stupid! totally wrong.” He was responding to perceptions of an increasing rate of crime, especially indecent assaults, including fathers against their own children.

“So many changes are rushing in from the outside world, changes that will cause us damage, and at the end of the day we are responsible.” He said that human rights also lead people to think they know everything.

“Samoa must look at ways to improve and balance each side, spiritually and physically, and to stop wasting time on nonsense stuff.

The church, he says, should focus on saving souls. “By saving souls, we focus more on principles and values.”

Dr. Salevao is under no illusion about the seriousness of the challenges facing the country today.

“Samoa is fighting for its soul.”

Relatives and men who sexually assault children are worse than animals, he says.

“Animals are better than them.

‘Why? Because animals don’t commit acts on their own offspring like these fathers to their own children.” “It is the lowest thing to do in life.” Churches like the CCCS hold programmes and activities that help minimize crime in the community – but it was up to people to listen. “The church plays a very important role every Sunday, to deliver the message to everyone but it all depends whether the people take it or leave it.

“If they are not used; participating in village cultural activities, if families do not want to hear what the parents teach them, on how to grow or listen to the churches, to build up their spiritual life, then that’s the kind of picture we are looking at,” he said, referring to crime problems.

‘They end up creating one problem after another.” He said there were some people that never listen or use the advice from the church, no matter how hard the church tries.

“It is like the rain that falls off the back of a duck.”

“It is nothing to them.”

He said that the introduction of fast technology and modern ideas was destroying Samoan culture, the church and society.

But he also said personal responsibility was important.

“Everyone must know and understand how to guide their own heart.”

He also acknowledged that churches must be careful too.

He admitted that servants of God are not always angels either.

He called on pastors to preach and show true leadership with the help of the Holy Spirit, and not speak from their own opinions and emotions.

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+1 #3 Avataute 2013-11-28 10:08
Here is one Dr. who knew what he is talking about and its also good to see the rejection of using human right as the caused of these abused because a man sexually abusing his own daughters has nothing to do with rights. but these happen only when we are being drawn away by our own lusts. And totally agreed they are worst than animals, these things happens in the animal world but its natural for animal but for human its totally unnatural and therefore worst than animal when it happen to human being.

Quoting Aualalaupapa:
Gulps, easy to say but difficult to execute. Human right was there before Christianity, movies, internet etc. What is really wrong in our society is that people are confusing of what is wrong and what is right. The churches, the law and sanctions would not able to stop crime, it is the core of every family upbringing that is really needed to address regularly with cautious and good governing.


If Christ existed before the foundation of the world then Christianity existed that long, human right came when men were created. but I agree with you that the focus should be on families, that will resolves all our problems.
 
 
0 #2 Aualalaupapa 2013-11-22 21:32
Gulps, easy to say but difficult to execute. Human right was there before Christianity, movies, internet etc. What is really wrong in our society is that people are confusing of what is wrong and what is right. The churches, the law and sanctions would not able to stop crime, it is the core of every family upbringing that is really needed to address regularly with cautious and good governing. Low income families should be enforced to attend parental workshops operate by church, non governmental organisation as well the government. Village councils should update their daily traditional rules such as stopping minor gambling activities like bingo, so parents could have stay home to look after their children, all village couples should be monitor and be facilitated by either village councils or churches.

Apart from this I think the way the Big churches have operated today is boring and out of date. I support the ministers have done good bible speech every Sunday, but what about those who have heard and never remorse?. What is next by the churches for that?.

We are not safe anymore. Even family, friends and others are not to be trusted. Only you the biological parents which is said by God to be trusted and prioritized to look after your children. Do not take pride to the wrong direction, put in between your heart. Keep praying.
 
 
-1 #1 Petelo 2013-11-21 11:06
It is a bit difficult for the EFKS, because EFKS doctrine is founded so heavily on obeying your parents.

...but what happens when it is the parents themselves who are the abusers?

It is about time for faifeaus to start preaching about the PARENTS responsibilitie s to their families (especially the fathers) instead of the usual line of children must obey the parents end of story. We hardly ever hear about parents and their financial and pastoral responsibilitie s to PROTECT their children.

Also, what about domestic violence between the parents? When Daddy bashes Mummy, why is the church so scared to lay out the law to incompetent Fathers?

The crimes we see in the news are not so much because the children are not obeying their parents, it is because the parents are abusing their children!!
 

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