FIJI should be declared a Christian state.
This is to remind all the people of Fiji, especially the Christian denominations, of how the Christian missionaries brought "light and life" during the ages of cannibalism.
Nasea Methodist Church circuit minister Reverend Savirio Vuata, in his brief submission to the Constitution Commission in Labasa yesterday said the early missionaries not only brought Christian principles but also trade and jobs.
"Christian state should not be discussed in the sense of the present situation of the country or whatever the future holds but also in light of the past salvaging the work of Christianity," he said.
"People should also be informed of the importance of Christianity and at the same time be reminded of the privileges it offers to all the different races to live in harmony."
Mr Vuata said there should also be a Remembrance Day set aside to commemorate the arrival of Christianity into the nation.
"If we want the favour and blessings of the Almighty, we must be reminded that Christianity is not a religion, it's a relationship we have with God. "We might do whatever we want with religion but to interfere with Christianity is affecting the relationship with the Almighty and this will be the main cause of instability in our nation not only today but also in the future," said Mr Vuata.
Lekutu villager Watisoni Taukei told the commission on Monday that having a Christian state would foster peace in Fiji.