Is Rev Al Miller up to his old tricks again?
Immediately after the German World Cup football side had registered its defeat against finalists Argentina, Jamaican TV presenter Rohan Daley uttered, 'Heil Hitler,' a phrase that was used in the back section of many two-stool bars across Jamaica.
If Daley and a few other Jamaicans could have been considered casualties of Jamaica's poor education system, which stressed high school subjects passed and academic degrees gained over actual real-world knowledge, what are to make of the Rev Al Miller ? -- the man of the cloth who recently told us that the drought being experienced was a result of us not listening to God.
According to this "man of God" in his Observer column 'God is speaking to our nation in the drought,' he has been moved to tell us that: "It is my responsibility and that of other like-minded and similarly appointed servants of Christ to remind you that 'cause and effect' is a fundamental divine principle set for operation in the universe. We must not forget it. Hence we need to consistently ask the questions 'why', or 'what is the cause' when we encounter difficult situations. This is a good practice to employ if we are to find answers to the issues of our time and our nation."
Sounds impressive, doesn't it, when really it just a lot of twaddle. I n other words, a well-fertilised field of nonsense. If we can excuse Rohan Daley, who is relatively young, what are we to make of the holy man Miller? Could he also be just another Jamaican who came out on the wrong side of the education system? Another casualty?
One would like to believe that if one lives long enough there are some gems in life that will be picked up, even if a person cannot read, write, or add two fractions.
The Rev Miller, we would like to believe, must know that a mango cannot be so big that it could be shared up among three parishioners with one getting half, another getting three quarters and the other a full third. Plus, we know that, as a man who has spent many years 'bawling out' from the pulpit, reading and writing are definitely not his problems.
So, what early conclusion can we draw? Listen to another part of his column: "God is speaking to our nation in the drought. He is trying to get our attention. He is calling us back to righteousness truth and justice as the pillars for building the nation. The drought is reminding us that we are not in control of everything, God is. It is reminding us that there is a God to be feared and obeyed. It is reminding us that there are consequences to action contrary to God's word principles. It is reminding us that as brilliant, bright and skilled as we are, we have limitations. It is reminding those who say there is no God and there are no "absolutes" to follow that informed life and conduct, that God is God! Let us be reminded that there is a direct relationship with human conduct, the elements and nature's response. The reality is that the spiritual affects the natural as the natural came out of the spiritual."
The Rev Miller, I assume, earns his bread through preaching 'the word of God', so we can also forgive him for that 'God is God' nonsense. But we also have history on our side. Ten years ago when Hurricane Ivan skirted the south coast of Jamaica the Rev Miller claimed that it was his prayers that got the powerful tropical cyclone to make its diversion from Jamaica. After the hurricane passed by it wreaked havoc on the Cayman Islands .
Did his prayers not extend to those islands? Rev Miller, will you please stick to preaching from the pulpit and leave natural phenomena alone.