The Vanuatu Christian Council has organised a march through Port Vila to proclaim the country for God yesterday.
Chairman of the Vanuatu Christian Council Pastor Allan Nafuki says this is the first time for the VCC to organise a march for Jesus saying it is timely to let other religions know that the Republic of Vanuatu is built on Christian principles and faith in God.
Not only that but the Chairman and VCC Secretary General, Pastor Shem Temar are both members of the Vanuatu Constitution Review Committee.
Pastor Nafuki says the next Parliament is going to talk about the march. If a referendum has to be organised to get the views of the people then let it be. But the Constitution has to be reworded to include ‘Vanuatu is a Christian Country that believes in God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit’.
He said, “Throughout the islands, it is unanimous. We don’t want any other faith to come in except our Christian faith”.
What the Chairman has in mind is a notice in bold letters at the airport and at the wharf which declares Vanuatu as a Christian country like what the Greeks, Tahitians and Samoans have at the port of entry to their countries.
Pastor Nafuki says the VCC and the Government are concerned that the freedom of worship clause in the Constitution is too open, which in turn allows other religions including Islamic faith in.
He says a review of the Constitution is essential to restrict religious freedom to mean Christian churches which preach bible truth.
While Government leaders have repeatedly supported VCC sentiments on many fronts, Pastor Nafuki expressed disappointment for the absence of Government Ministers and MPs from the march suggesting the need for humility to be shown to “come down” to take part in the march.
Malvatumauri representative Chief Jimmy Meameadola said three specific institutions walk side by side at all times; chief, church and government.
“Let me assure you all that all chiefs throughout the country fully support this event today. Vanuatu, stand up strong on your Christian principles,” Chief Meameadola said.
He warned that many nations have already lost the Christian campus and appealed to VCC leaders to hold on to the campus for the benefit of today’s and tomorrow’s generations.
The Head of NGO’s Desk in the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Pastor Jacob apologised for the Minister’s absence.
He said Vanuatu belongs to God in line with the country’s motto of ‘Long God Yumi Stanap’. “Yes, we are standing with God and not a stone. Our nation is founded on Christian principles”.
He assured the VCC that the Government looks to the institution for advice regarding religious matters. “The Government is committed to working with VCC and it will listen to its advice,” he said.
He said he will always remember what the Israeli President said to his Vanuatu counterpart. “The Israeli President said his best friend is God, his number two best friend is Vanuatu and his number three best friend is America. Why? Because their countries’ mottos identify with God,” Pastor Jacob said.