It is better to end the remnants of ignorance.
Published in Ka Nupepa Kuokoa on 11 August 1888.
We received a letter from one of the islands, relating the ignorant acts of a certain lay church official, and here is the explanations of that letter.
Here is the incredible thing this man did, he set aside some nights for prayer, and the prayer for those nights were ones dedicated to ancestral gods of darkness (fig. ignorance). And he prepared like this, prepared the evening meal, then he chewed all the kava in the kava bowl. And when the kava was ready, he called out: To you, all the ancestral gods from the east to the west, the heavens above and the earth below, the zenith to the horizon, I ask you to bestow the best blessings upon my foster child.
Say, is that appropriate way for a lay official to behave, teaching the good practices and the bad practices?
Regarding the above question of this friend regarding whether the lay official’s actions are just; if he acts thusly, there is only one answer. It is inappropriate.
This remnant of hoʻomanamana among us, it is a great taint laid upon the nation/people in this time. The Hawaiian nation/people are called a nation/people firm in the Christian enlightenment.
It is true, good works/actions have spread among the nation/people. The word of light has entered the nation/people. However, some seeds idol worship remain from the times of darkness, these are those things that are coming to light bit by bit in these districts in the way of ancestor worship, ʻanāʻanā prayers, and so on.
It would be a good thing for pastors to closely observe these deeds, and also proceed to clean them out of their parishes. It has been heard that some of their pastors are engaging in these kinds of activities.
If so, those who preach the gospel on the various islands would do well to intervene in connection with the pastors of that type. It is inappropriate for people to practice hoʻomanamana, to worship images, and perhaps others things if they are pastors, lay officials, and Sunday school teachers perhaps. These things need to end once and for all.
It is our understanding that these practices have increased in these last few years. If those things become a prime part of the churches and the Sunday schools, it is quite obvious what will be the result of those activities. It is up to the pastors and the associations that which has been put forth here. If these kinds of activities continue to grow, it will be only a moment before the light of the nation/people is put out.
If the light of the churches are taken away, there will only be the candle without light. This is a bad outcome for us. Nothing/no one will be able to care for the two lords.