I wish to raise my hat and salute our former Road Safety Council Chairman of Rarotonga Brent Fisher for his boldness, first and best ever sermon theme (“Shut liquor stores to save lives,” August 26).
In actual fact, there was once a upon a time (1950s-1980s) when there was but only one Bond Store in town, but drinkers back in those days also know exactly where to get their bush beers on the side in every village all around Rarotonga.
The mixture of drunkenness with careless riding and driving on motorcycles and vehicles raises the concern over too many alcohol-related road accidents and deaths.
Surely every Reverend and Pastor in every church on Rarotonga know the state and condition of their flock, who are still hooked onto alcohol yet still allowed and remain a practising executive and member of the Church.
What kind of a Christian Church, Christian Shepherd is that to teach and preach one thing and practise the opposite or compromise the Gospel.
If all so-called committed, dedicated, loyal, professed Christians could be true to their conviction, doctrine and faith in Jesus Christ, guarantee all alcohol sale oases all around Rarotonga will be running dry and out of business except for the tourists or non-church people but at the lowest end of the scale.
So it’s very true also to say, not all Christians are hypocrites but all hypocrites are Christians, because Christians do own and are running alcohol outlets, and consuming alcohol.
That is most embarrassing to say of Christians in the Cook Islands, when we can very easily get stirred up or upset about any foreign or adverse religious issues that do crop up from time to time, but do not live up pure, holy and true Born Again Christianity.
One simple and clear scripture comes to mind, to help us fellow Christians and Churches give support and assistance to Brent Fisher and other community leaders stamp out alcohol abuse throughout our Ipukarea Kuki Airani and most especially amongst our very own local Cook Islanders who often turn out to be the worst offenders when it comes to alcohol-related domestic problems in the families, homes and community.
The Apostle Paul in Ephesians 5:18, thus speaks to the Christians, “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but he filled with the Spirit (the Holy Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ)”.
God save, bless and prosper our Cook Islands Christian reputation and heritage, Amene!
Bishop Tutai Pere
The Apostolic Church of the Cook Islands.