God is speaking to Jamaica in the drought — Round 2
My statement carried in the Daily Observer of Thursday, July 29, 2014, suggesting that God is speaking to our nation through the drought, has seemed to cause concern for some people, like your outstanding columnist, Mark Wignall.
What is it that Mark is taking issue with?
Is he upset with me for positing the law of 'cause and effect' and upending some other view he may hold? Does he equally get angry at Ralph Waldo Emerson for saying: "Shallow men believe in luck or in circumstance. Strong men believe in cause and effect." Or, is he mad because I attribute the 'cause' to God speaking?
I found humorous Mark's recommendation that I stick to preaching from the pulpit and leave national phenomena alone. I must remind Wignall that the essence of preaching from the pulpit is about the God of nature, with all natural phenomena and the related interplay with mankind's assignment to take dominion of the Earth. So, ah fi mi business dat!
Further, Mark refers to the statement 'God is God' as nonsense. Come on, Mark, who else can God be but God? Knowing that God is God is sense. The nonsense is the denial of that fact as King David asserts in Psalm 53:1: The fool hath said in his heart, 'There is no God'. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.
Why is it so difficult to accept the simple fact that there is a creator who created the universe and mankind...a designer who designed the cosmos...a maker who made the heavens and the Earth; and who has revealed the right way to view and order the universe for best results. The same creator desires right relationship and fellowship with the creatures he created, in order to constantly guide them to success.
We all know instinctively, even without any deep spirituality or meddling preacher, that once we see design, there must be a designer. Where we see something created, there must be a creator! Where we see something 'mek', there must be a 'mekker'!
So why is it so difficult for Mark and some others to humble themselves and accept their human limitations -- in knowledge, strength, wisdom and understanding -- and to acknowledge that they need the help of the Creator; a power outside of themselves. This is the kind of pride and arrogance that has been, and continues to be, the downfall of individuals and nations.
The fact is: There is a God. He is the sole and final authority in the universe. He determines and governs the laws of nature and morality for order in the universe. Those who violate them reap the natural consequences. The fact is, this God does still commune with humble folk and gives them wisdom, knowledge and understanding if they seek for it. He does hear and answer prayer and he does give power and direction to those who trust Him. Sometimes He speaks through normal circumstances, sometimes through supernatural phenomena, sometimes through natural phenomena...like drought.
So, back to the drought issue and my comment that a hurricane changed course, with which Wignall takes issue. I like these kinds of coincidences. Mark, what a coincidence that immediately upon my prayer and those who joined me, a hurricane makes a 90° turn, baffling the minds of meteorologists.
What a coincidence that immediately after I brought the reason of the drought and how to break it to the attention of the nation, then did what was necessary by and on behalf of the nation, we humbled ourselves with fasting and prayer, the rains -- that same week -- came and have not stopped yet. I love these 'coincidences' and will continue to create more of them to save Wignall, the other sceptics, and our nation from destruction. It is the love of God in us for humanity and nation that drives us to obey divine principles and work for the transformation of our nation which will take place to the amazement of all in record time.
Let me make it clear, we can pray the reverse or just stop praying and watch the effects. Does anyone want to try that route? I am game, if it is points we are trying to prove, whether it is 'man who run tings or God who run tings'.
This is a nation with a unique divine destiny and there are those of us committed to work and to give our lives for Jamaica to fulfil her destiny among the nations of the world. We will, against the sceptics, naysayers, and all the odds pray, believe God, and work for the transformation of our nation and see it turn around to bring peace, justice and prosperity for all.
I invite Wignall and others who think like him to use their sharp minds to join me in the mission for national development, but leave the moral and spiritual realm to my expertise and other like-minded and similarly appointed servants of Christ.
Al Miller is senior pastor of Fellowship Tabernacle. Comments: firstname.lastname@example.org