In response to A.B.C of L.G.B.T.Q.I.

Dear Editor,

Re: Your article ‘The A.B.C. of L.G.B.T.Q.I.’ of 27 June & Your body your sovereignty of 4 July

Many Samoans here and abroad were saddened and hurt by what had happened to Jeanine Tuivaiki. But what I found alarming was the writer’s reference to a Think A Minute article “Coming out of the closet”, saying that “…. it’s the kind of article that actually drives people to committing suicide”.

Rachael, I read that article, and there was no mention of the word suicide or any suggestion of it. 

Your own mouth spoke out these damaging words into existence. They can easily trigger off negative thoughts, ideas, temptations in the hearts and minds of the weak and vulnerable to commit such an act. 

Words are powerful. 

The Bible teaches us that whatever we say with our mouths, we have what we say. 

The communities and authorities are struggling to find a solution to this suicide problem, but your words are very irresponsible and unwise. 

If we are ever going to speak words, we need to speak positive words that are encouraging, life building, spirit lifting, words that brings healing, peace and removes burdens and blesses people, and not words that can cause destruction in a person’s life. 

I find your article very offensive, corrupted and against Christianity, God and His Word. To say that “….many people have a habit of thinking of only 2 genders with matching sex”, wow! Where were you when God created man and woman? This is what God is saying to you:

1) Who is this that makes my purpose unclear by saying things that are not true?

2) Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?

3) Were you there when I put limits on the sea and puts its doors and bars in place, when I said to the sea, you may come this far, but no further, this is where your proud waves must stop?

4) What is the path to light’s home and where does darkness live? Can you take them to their places? Do you know the way to their homes? Surely you know, if you were already born when all this happened! Have you lived that many years?

5) Is it through your wisdom that the hawk flies and spreads its wings toward the South?

6) Are you the one that commands the eagle to fly and builds its nest so high? 

Job, chapter 38.

Your writing is deceptive and is polluting the minds of the weak and vulnerable especially our faafafines. 

Nobody loves the faafafines, not even you, more than God, because Jesus precious blood was shed for them too. 

Nearly all Samoan families here and abroad have faafafines, and we love our faafafines as God loves them, because first, they are human beings just like us. Second, they are our brothers. 

Yes, our brothers because that’s who they really are as God made them Rachael. 

God did not make a mistake when He created man and woman. 

And most of  our faafafines even admitted in street talk they preferred to be called he, because they know they were born a he. 

That’s who they are and are comfortable with it. Who are you to say otherwise? If others want to be called she or whatever, again, that is their choice. 

So please, stop contaminating their minds with lies and trying to influence their choices as if you were there when they were created and had a say in it. 

You can be accountable for someone else’s life if they end up in hell. 

As Christians, we are responsible to tell our faafafines and LBGTQI the truth. 

They need to know that, so they can decide if they want to continue with gay life that leads to the pit of hell or choose Jesus Who is the Way, the Truth and Life Everlasting. 

This is the love of God reaching out to everyone because is fair. 

Faafafines  are part of our close-knit families. God doesn’t love them any less just because they are faafafines. 

They are treated the same way as their other siblings and everyone else in the family. 

They are not discriminated against within their families and communities, because everyone knows and understands their faafafines and their sense of humor. 

And yes, they have weaknesses too, just like everyone else. 

Growing up as kids, if they disobey their parents or do something wrong, they were disciplined and corrected the same as their other siblings. 

That’s the upbringing we all grew up with (you would know and feel this if you grew up in Samoa all your life or most of your life). 

Parents would be teaching the kids and instill in them Godly values to respect others, reach out to the needy, the insignificant, the poor, love one another to name a few. 

This will prepare them to become responsible, caring, and loving adults to promote peace and harmony in society, etc. 

Unfortunately, some families have interpreted discipline into a beating instead of a light smack to teach the child a lesson.

I have faafafine  friends  who like many, have become responsible strong supporters of their families. Some have been caregivers for their elderly, and have contributed to their families in so many ways. 

One chose Jesus and salvation of the Lord and enjoying his blessings, a life of peace and contentment in the midst of circumstances. 

So yeah, Samoan families love their faafafines and are not prejudiced against them, because they are their flesh and blood. In every family with or without a faafafine, siblings always have little fights of their own, but eventually they make up again.

The Word of God is very clear concerning this issue. 

God will not violate the will of mankind, but He has given each and every person on earth the freewill and ability to choose in life. 

God said, choose life not death. So, yes indeed. You, me, faafafines, the 23% of LBGTQI and everyone else has a choice. No one is stopping you from exercising your free choice as if the whole world is against you. 

That is not what I’m advocating here. Just don’t inject evil thoughts in people’s minds to follow that sin. 

In the eyes of God everyone is equal and there are no minorities. 

You don’t need to gather up an army of LGBTQI to justify the kind of lifestyle you are advocating especially in Samoa, because that will bring curse to our beloved Samoa. 

 God loves everyone all the same.  When you come to the full knowledge and understanding of the Love of God and the Light of the World, Jesus Christ, it will dispel darkness.

You will not struggle anymore trying to fit in, and you will not experience being boxed with a label either. And just because there is Facebook shares and celebrities talk on LGBTQI, that doesn’t make it right for Samoans or anyone else to follow your agenda.

Samoa is founded upon God, though she is not perfect but still trying. For Jesus did not come for the righteous but sinners like all of us. You and the sin that you’re trying to push through, and promote in Samoa however you cut it, will never change or move that Solid Rock foundation in the mightiest name of Jesus. If that is the lifestyle you want to live in, that is your free choice and you take responsibility of your own life come judgement day.

Nobody has any business with that but you alone. But I caution you to not influence or encourage others that it’s an ok thing to do, because it is sin. They too, have their own choices to make and are responsible for it.

I’m telling you this because Jesus loves you. Leviticus 20: 13 says this: If a man has sexual relations with another man, as a man does with a woman, these two men have done a hateful sin. They must be put to death. They have brought it on themselves. 

The reason why you feel weird reading the truth about God and that same sex marriage is a sin, is because you don’t allow yourself time to read the Bible (yes, that’s the good book you’re referring to) and check out the truth of what God is saying about everything in life. The Word of God, the Bible is not a book of ideas and opinions. It is the power and mind of God that will also give you greater understanding of how we are fearfully and wonderfully made… Not science.

I guarantee you that if you keep an open mind, desire to know the truth, shut out the world for a few hours, and zero in on reading the Bible to test if it is true, God will illuminate His Word and you will begin to see things in a different light.

Just like Yoga. It’s hard to be flexible in the beginning, but if we keep at it like you as a Yoga teacher who has perfected it, practice makes perfect! I strongly encourage you, in fact I challenge you to check out the Bible and have a read.

Dig deep and see for yourself firsthand what God is saying because in it from Genesis to Revelation, lies all the answers and the truth in life and concerning LBGTQI that you would want to know about.

May God bless you.

Taranaki Mailei

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