Sunday, August 21, 2011

Who Dares the Methodist Church to be The Makers of Fiji's Revolution?

by Sai Lealea

"The bottom line is that someone has to begin, and beginning is laced with danger, especially in areas with heavy security presence. In the first attempts at demonstration which took off from the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, video clips showed dozens of security personnel and shabbiha [thugs for hire loyal to the regime], beating young protestors in the mosque’s yard. 

They then dragged them on the floor leaving a trail of blood behind them as they approached the security cars that would deliver them to the unknown. I asked one of those young protestors about when they first started to chant, about the bravery anyone needs to start chanting “freedom, freedom.” My friend did not give me an answer. He said, “We just start. We do not think of what is to come. We believe that dozens, hundreds or even thousands might join us.” He continued,"

Above is part of an article of how the Syrian people began organising their protest against the evil and brutal dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad.

As the Methodist Church in Fiji prepares for its gathering next week, while under threat from the illegal regime of Bainimarama, one wonders if it is of a mind to emulate worshippers in muslim nations during this Arab Spring, and to be the last hope for the people to stand up once and for all to the military regime terrorising Fiji.

All it takes is three or four people at the gathering next week ready to sacrifice for a cause.

With 1000 members available at the gathering, it offers perhaps the rarest opportunity to begin a protest against the regime and enough the bring the city of Suva to a standstill and the regime to its knees.

No Fijian soldier will dare shoot another Fijian as Roko Ului has already revealed.

Like much of the protests that have now led to revolutions in Arab nations, only a small number could begin with shouts and chants then see what all the pent up rage and emotion of living under a devilish dictatorship will unleash in others. In fact, it should be pretty quick to assess at an earlier stage how enduring and persistent the feelings and raw emotion last, but often it can well be self sustaining.

What the Methodist Church meeting in Suva next week have is OPPORTUNITY and NUMBERS  to pull this off and ignite Fiji's resurrection from the evil that has been engulfing it since December 05 2006. 

It will be Fiji's salvation from the brutality and corrupt rule that Bainimarama has dug for Fiji and its people which is totally anathema to the Christian teachings of the Methodist Church. There can be no higher calling than to suffer making a stand for it. 

The question is: 


Muslims, we all know, have their heavenly reward, when they pay the ultimate price for such a cause. They are martyred for sacrificing something of great value and especially life itself for the sake of principle.

Methodists in Fiji's history have equally paid similar prices for staying true to their calling and standing up to evil. Fiji is right now under the spell of a devilish and evil regime because it has been imposed on its people and at the point of a gun. In that regard, the regime and its supporters can even be labelled as non-believers as they're all about what Christians are not. 

What then is "something of great value" to the Methodist Church meeting next week in Suva one may ask? For the whole of last week, the Church has been humiliated at every turn by the dictatorial and absurd demands and restrictions imposed by the illegal regime. Its leaders have been harassed, wrongfully charged and humiliated beyond measure and members of their congregation nation wide have suffered through lost opportunities, poverty and restrictions on their freedom and rights as workers and as citizens. Surely, all these entitlements are of great value to the Methodist Church as they are God-given rights. To stay silent is to be complicit and in support of the actions that have resulted in those rights being taken away. 

Any actions to restore such rights and human dignity back to the people is not only right in law but surely in God's eyes as well. 



Fiji and its people place their hopes in those most likely and most able to realise it. Come next week, it will be on the Methodist Church of Fiji.


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