Poor and poverty Save­naca Vakali­waliwa, Canada

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With all due re­spect to the Methodist Church deputy sec­re­tary gen­eral, Rev­erend Ili Vu­nisuwai. I tend to dis­agree with his state­ment that ‘be­ing poor built a bet­ter re­la­tion­ship with God is to­tally false’.

From a Chris­tian per­spec­tive, a true Chris­tian who is fully sur­ren­dered to Christ will choose to live a poor life like Je­sus, putting God first, oth­ers sec­ond and self, last. The per­son will have just enough to live on and will bless the less for­tu­nate with all the ac­cess bless­ings that flows his way. My pocket dic­tio­nary de­fines poor as hav­ing lit­tle money or means, while poverty means lack of money and re­sources.

The def­i­ni­tion for both words are sim­i­lar, but we to­day we tend to re­gard a per­son or fam­ily who strug­gles to put food on the ta­ble to be in poverty.

Fi­jians, es­pe­cially those who have land, iQoliqoli and other nat­u­ral re­sources, may be classed as poor be­cause there is hardly any money in their bank ac­counts, but they are cer­tainly not liv­ing in poverty.

Rev­erend Vu­nisuwai is to­tally cor­rect when he said God was the source of ev­ery­thing and there was no ex­cuse for any iTaukei to be liv­ing in poverty.

We see all the dif­fer­ent prov­inces in Fiji wisely us­ing their re­sources to ben­e­fit all the mem­bers of the prov­ince and Gov­ern­ment is help­ing out in its bid to erad­i­cate poverty in Fiji. When Chris­tians be­come rich and only think of them­selves, then they need to be wor­ried be­cause Christ is not num­ber one in their lives and they would be in dan­ger of miss­ing eter­nity, if they do not get right with God.

Chris­tians have the abil­ity to erad­i­cate poverty in Fiji if we all act as sons and daugh­ters of the King­dom of God and do what His true fol­low­ers will do. Matthew 25:34-40, (New Liv­ing Trans­la­tion) says:

Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Fa­ther, in­herit the King­dom pre­pared for you from the cre­ation of the world. “For I was hun­gry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you in­vited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me cloth­ing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you vis­ited me.’

Then these right­eous ones will re­ply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hun­gry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you some­thing to drink? Or a stranger and show you hos­pi­tal­ity? Or naked and give you cloth­ing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’

And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my broth­ers and sis­ters, you were do­ing it to me!’

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