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Al Miller riding in quite a chariot

Published:Tuesday | September 20, 2016 | 12:00 AM


I was initially flabbergasted to realise that the Reverend Al Miller, humble man of God, purported saviour of the nation, has access to a Hummer motor vehicle. This is one of the most expensive cars in the world.

I wondered how he or his associates could afford such a car. Does his church pay him the kind of salary that makes a Hummer affordable? Or does his church buy him the Hummer for his own use? Is the income of Fellowship Tabernacle tax free? Is driving such an expensive car in a country brimming with poverty Jesus-like?

Had I known that the God business was so lucrative, I might have become a pastor myself and established my own church. All I would have to do is profess to believe in God, get up to date on the Bible, insert myself into all prayer breakfasts and other official occasions when divine intervention is sought, sharpen my public-speaking skills, Google a few Bible passages and craft weekly sermons and ask the congregation for money.

I know the US has a history of black men claiming to be pastors and enriching themselves at the expense of the poor, vulnerable - some black pastors even have private planes - but I thought Jamaicans too smart to give their money to these charlatans for their own personal enrichment. But alas! I was wrong!

Members of Al Miller's church obviously have no problem with him driving away after church in an ostentatious vehicle. Who knows? They may have paid for it while waiting on the bus.