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Letter to the Editor, Samoa Observer

“All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” Edmund Burke

I wish to humbly respond to the Letter to the Editor (published in the Samoa Observer 26th July 2012) by Tagata Lotu with the heading “Leave it to ordained ministers, not us black sheep.”

The content of the letter reminds me of the Samoan poem ‘Polo’ by Molioo Sumeo Siitia (may he rest in peace). It goes like this, “O le polo e lapotopoto a po’po e fitifiti solo. A pa e manuminumi, a kiki e oso’oso, a la’ina e omo’omo, a ma’lo e pei o se popo, a susu e fiti ma nofo.” The moral of the poem is, “Ua e ta’alo i le tagata ae le ta’alo i le polo (mataupu).”

1. O ai Teleiai Edwin Puni, poo Pa’u Fereti Puni lea foi e matai ia Su’atapulolo’o? TALI: O Teleiai o le matai o le aiga Sa Puni i Samatau lea e tu ai le Ekalesia Aso Fitu. O Pa’u o le isi to’oto’o o Leulumoega i le afioaga o Samatau e iai Pa’u Tito o le sui o le Fono Fa’avae i le afuafua o le Malo Tutoatasi o Samoa. O Su’atapulolo’o o le matai o le aiga o Sa Matautia i Matatufu o loo tu ai le Ekalesia Aso Fitu.

2. Ua e fa’amasinoina lou agava’a i tulaga fa’aleagaga ma e fa’apea mai ai “e le o oe (Teleiai, Pa’u poo Su’atapulolo’o) o se tagata Asofitu fa’amaoni i lau tapula’a” ma ua e fa’atusa foi a’u i le mamoe uliuli (black sheep). TALI: E sao oe, o au lava o le telona (tagata agasala) i luma o le Atua. Mo lou silafia e le na o sauniga a le Ekalesia Aso Fitu ou te auai atu iai. O le weekend nei i Aukilani o lo’o ou fa’atasi ai i le po o le Aso Faraile ma le Aso Toanai (Sapati) i le polokalame a le Promise Keepers o le Tama Tane Malosi mo alii Samoa mai soo se tapuaiga i avea foi lea ma a’u agasala.

3. Ua e fesiligia galuega fa’atusitala a le upegatafailagi o le www.eventpolynesia.com. TALI: O eventpolynesia.com ua silia i le 10 tausaga o lana tautua fa’atusitala i le Pasefika. A silasila lelei i le ripotia o lenei mataupu talu mai Tesema 2011, o loo agai uma i le lipotia o mea moni o loo tutupu (factual events), peitai “E ufiufi a manu gase”. O lona uiga, e leai se gaumata’u ae na o le gau’alofa o loo fai ai le galuega fa’atusitala.
4. Ua e tu’uaia le faia o fusuaga fa’apolofesa o loo taulamua ai le kamupani a le Event Polynesia e lagolago i le atinaeina o ta’aloga a Samoa. TALI: O fusuaga e fa’atautaia e le Event Polynesia e le faia i ni po o se Aso Faraile ae fai i Aso Lua poo Aso Tofi. A fia maua se fa’amaoniga fesili i le faifeau ia Pastor Sione Ausage le failautusi aoao o le Ekalesia Aso Fitu sa auai i le fusuaga o le Sisigafua fa’atoa mavae atu nei, poo Pastor Taei Siaki ma le fa’afeagaiga ia Fatu Lavea sa auai i le tausaga ua tuanai.

“E lele le toloa ae ma’au i le vai” o le mafuaga lena o le lagona o se leo valevale o Pa’u ae le o se fia iloa. O le fesili, aisea e “Omiomi fa’aniu aleale” ai le mataupu i le Sapati o le Atua? Faimai Molioo Sumeo Siitia i le vaega mulimuli o le solo, “E le sau polo, e le sa’u polo……”

O le mataupu i le Sapati, e le se mataupu e aafia ai na o le Ekalesia Aso Fitu o le Toe Afio Mai i Samoa ae o le mataupu a le ekalesia aoao i le lalolagi.

Let me share with you two powerful statements of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in pointing out which day is the Sabbath:
· The Church Manual Revised 2010 (18th Edition), p. 138. “The Sabbath holds a special place in our lives. The seventh day of the week, from sunset Friday to sunset Saturday (Lev. 23:32), is a gift from God, a sign of His grace in time.”

· The Seventh-day Adventists Believe (An exposition of the fundamental beliefs of the SDA Church), 2005 Edition, page 296 and 297 states: “The Sabbath begins at sunset on Friday evening and ends at sunset Saturday evening (see Gen 3:15; cf. Mark 1:32). Scripture calls the day before the Sabbath (Friday) the preparation day (Mark 15:42) – a day to prepare for the Sabbath so that nothing will spoil its sacredness. Similarly, they should mark its close by uniting in worship towards the close of the Sabbath on Saturday evening, requesting God’s presence and guidance through the ensuring week.”

On the other hand, here are three ‘half truths’ being used to promote the decision for Seventh-day Adventists in Samoa to worship on Sunday:

1. The Samoa Government changed the calendar and renamed the days (Sunday is now the seventh day of the week). This claim is not true. Sunday in Samoa is the first day of the week and the seventh-day Sabbath is on Saturday, both before and after the IDL change.

2. Sunday Sabbath in Samoa was endorsed and supported by the General Conference (SDA world head office in America). We now know there is no documented action by the General Conference endorsing or supporting the action of the Samoa SDA administration to change its Sabbath day of worship to Sunday.

3. This issue was studied by the SPD BRICOM for a period of five years (prior to 2010). This cannot be true for Samoa because the International Date Line Act only came into existence in June last year. The SPD BRICOM did study Tonga, Kiribati, and Wallis Futuna, but not Samoa thus the application of their findings from these other countries around the IDL on Samoa is questionable.

Not sure if you are aware that nothing about our actions surprises God; even a ‘black sheep’ like me. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart ….” (Jeremiah 1:5 NIV)

Ma le fa’aaloalo,

Pa’u Fereti Puni
Email: edwin@puni.co.nz

(1) Comment

  1. ray sanders

    just past pogo plaza there is a small bridge under it is an aspa blue water pipe that has been leaking water big time for over 2 weeks after repeated calls to aspa its still leaking! no wonder our rates go up i wonder how many other leaks that dont get fixed. i think its time to get somebody running aspa that know what theyre doing, like making asg pay theyre bill and maybe our rates wouldnt be going up.

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