Travis Moore: Getting the wrong impression

Saturday October 17, 2020 Published in Letters to the Editor

The Good Reverend, Papa Orometua Ngaro, has based this week’s Church Talk on the signs and posters around Rarotonga on the theme, “I AM”.

The article has a picture of that slogan spray painted on a rock alongside the road, pretty close, probably in the public right of way. And of course, the power poles. One hopes Papa Orometua is not endorsing the graffiti that many people have complained of?

It’s been rather a long time since I was in Sunday School, but one lesson that has stayed with me these many years is that Jesus was a man who questioned authority. He was a man who took direct action, for example when he drove the money changers out of the temple.

Now, with the help of Bible Gateway on the internet I was able to search for words in our Puka Tapu. Words like “vandal’, or “vandalism”, or “delinquency" but got no results. I think it is safe to say that Jesus did not tell his followers to be vandals and delinquents, to go out in direct action and deface property. But “trespass” occurs often in our Puka Tapu; and all the passages found suggest that trespass is probably not a virtue that we today should be promoting. 

And this writer does not suggest Papa Orometua is promoting anything of the kind. There is just the concern of our young ones in Sunday School getting the wrong impression and thinking that tagging and delinquency are acceptable.

Surely the Sunday School lesson must be that the adult taggers should atone by taking scrubbing brushes and soap and water to their handiwork and thereby teaching our Sunday School pupils that when we do wrong things, we admit our sins, and we make things right.

Travis Moore

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