Respect our President
Surrey, BC, Canada
Rajendra Chaudhry may find it amusing to call Fiji’s President names on social media.
But, I believe he has crossed the line, because all Rotumans will take offence in the name calling. Mr Chaudhry is correct that Seventh-day Adventist Christians do not drink kava and alcohol nor smoke cigarettes, because we believe that our bodies are the temple of God and in order to serve Him in spirit and truth, we need to be healthy physically, mentally and spiritually. We are proud that a Seventh-day Adventist is the President of Fiji and Fijians understand that the position involves interaction with all the different cultures in Fiji. In the iTaukei context, when one is accorded a welcome ceremony, the chief guest will have to drink the first bowl of yaqona and that’s it! As a Fijian of Rotuman descent, it would be a slap in the face humiliation if the chief guest whom they have prepared a traditional welcome refuses to drink that first bowl of welcome for whatever reason.
As President, drinking that first bowl comes with the position and it does not in any way affect his personal relationship with God, nor does it weakens his Christian faith.