‘There is a need to love and care for one’

Kalesi Nakita, left, and Milianne Agnes show the variety of hot cross buns available at the Hot Bread Kitchen at Butt St in Suva yesterday. They have the normal, spice, fruit and chocolate chip hot cross buns on sale. Picture: JONA KONATACI

Kalesi Nakita, left, and Milianne Agnes show the variety of hot cross buns available at the Hot Bread Kitchen at Butt St in Suva yesterday. They have the normal, spice, fruit and chocolate chip hot cross buns on sale. Picture: JONA KONATACI

EASTER reminds us that we can seek forgiveness for our hypocrisy and arrogant attitudes to the environment and start to act and live in ways that affirm both human and non-human life on Earth, says president of the Methodist Church in Fiji the Rev Dr Epineri Vakadewavosa.

He stressed this in his Easter message to the nation, reflecting on one of the most well-known Bible verse John 3:16, saying that at a time when our planet and society is in crisis, there is a need to love and care for one another and for our land and oceans.

“Beyond the political and international work to address climate change, we are called to love and care for all which God has created,” Mr Vakadewavosa said.

“Our love for God and God’s creation calls us to sustainable living, protection of the environment of which we are a part; recognising the dangerous attitudes and practices which degrade the land and ocean and stopping them,” he said.

He said he was inviting all Fijians to reflect on the need for a culture of love in our society reminding everyone that we must remember that love is not merely an emotion, but an action.

“The everlasting God of the universe sent His Son to die on our behalf. It is a challenge that our love must cross the boundaries we have made for ourselves: ethnicity, religion, political affiliation, culture, status etc,” Mr Vakadewavosa said.

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