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Al Miller did Jamaica a favour

Published:Friday | August 19, 2016 | 12:00 AM


There are calls from some religious quarters for the Reverend Al Miller to give up the leadership of his church following his conviction for attempting to pervert the course of justice. He was found with fugitive Christopher 'Dudus' Coke in his car and was charged several days later.

But who are the persons that should rightfully make such a decision? And what should guide them in so doing? I think these decisions should be left to the membership of his church. The questions they should be asking themselves are whether they are satisfied with the moral and practical support offered by Rev Al, and whether he has provided effective pastoral care.

At the time of the incident, Jamaica was in a state of paralysis. Citizens were being slaughtered by members of the security forces who claimed to be looking for Dudus. They even entered the home of Keith Clarke and executed him. The message this sent to the country was that no one was safe from our own security forces.

When I heard that Rev Miller was found taking Dudus purportedly to the US Embassy to surrender, I was relieved, and my first thought was that he was being used by God to accomplish his purpose in the world.

The main argument of those who want Rev Miller to resign is that he was found guilty in court. Personally, I think we squandered an opportunity for a spiritually led partnership between Church and State. More churches need to become centres of support for citizens.

Thanks, Rev Al, and may God continue to use you.