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Poor comparison

Published:Wednesday | September 28, 2016 | 11:10 PM


I refer to the letter by Devon Gray titled 'To those who crucify Al Miller' that was published in The Gleaner on September 28, 2016.

In his letter, he sought to make a nexus between what had happened to Jesus because of some actual or perceived wrong and the consequences that he suffered as a result of that heinous crime, and the case of Reverend Al Miller.

Gray also spoke to the tenacity that Jesus' followers demonstrated because they believed that he was innocent of the crime.

Was this to suggest, in any way, that Miller will be redeemed in time as a 'saviour'?

I did not know that I would live to see the day when a celebrated pastor, who is expected to lead by example, would literally play 'God' and make a fool of himself in such an manner.

Miller's intentions may have very well been pure in getting the then fugitive Christopher 'Dudus' Coke to surrender and to end the mayhem, and we commend him for that. But the learned pastor's actions were inconsistent with common sense.

Knowing how some members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force operate, that they rarely take responsibility for anything, I was surprised that Miller wasn't more prudent in his arrangements (if any) with them.

Unlike Miller, Jesus certainly was never involved in a high-speed chase on the Mandela Highway.

Miller was convicted of a crime and that must be respected. If he felt that he was wronged, then he had the course of justice to pursue an appeal, but he refused. He is ultimately responsibly for his own actions.

The spoken word is never enough to save us in circumstances of law and order. Let the written word of the law be our saviour.