Texas Pastor Claims America Needs Ugandan-Like Leadership
Article by Jared Smith
The daily commute to my business is about 20-minutes long, and I typically pass the time by listening to a mixture of conservative radio and a popular local music station. It’s inevitable to hear pastors and holy leaders plug their particular places of worship, or opine about certain political and moral issues. Perhaps the most frequent of these religious mountebanks would be Pastor John Miller(pictured left), the leader of a non-denominational, Evangelical worship-site called Church on the Rock.
I’ve been extremely critical of this man for a number of reasons, namely his appeals to Creationism and Historical Revisionism, but specifically his overt disregard for the facts and a continuing demonstration of vapidity, both in politics and history. As my commute commenced, I overheard one of his trademarked radio advertisements permeate from my speakers:
“The President of Uganda gave us an example of a governmental leader calling the nation back to God. In public prayer he said I stand here to repent. We ask for God’s forgiveness. We confess sins of idolatry and witchcraft. We confess sins of shedding innocent blood, political hypocrisy and dishonesty. Forgive us for pride, laziness, corruption and sexual immorality. We dedicate this nation to God. We want to be known as a nation that fears God. We need this kind of leadership in America.”
Did he really just say that, I thought to myself. I couldn’t believe someone would actually suggest that we need to take the framework of rampant Evangelicalism in Uganda and apply it to our governmental structure.
Upon contacting the church for a comment, I received this statement back from Nick Birmingham, one of the associate pastors:
“The point of the spot is to affirm his prayer acknowledging God and his acknowledgement of the sins of his nation. He was not aware of the other issues you referred to. Pastor Miller does not support the actions that undermine the dignity of any individual.”
I find it patently absurd that someone who considers himself to be a moral, political, and historical authority (at least on a local level) would call for the support of a president who’s responsible for rigging the election process, promoting stricter penalties for homosexuals, stifling free speech, and essentially being guilty of almost every single thing he said the country should be repenting for. I think it’s more brazenly ridiculous that Miller would openly support someone he hasn’t vetted, and clearly knows nothing about.
I’m gonna go out on a limb here and guess Mr. Miller won’t be directing the staff at his church to mirror President Museveni’s administration, so why would he assert that our government needs to adopt this level of religious fundamentalism, chock-full of immoral behaviors? Apparently, it’s perfectly acceptable to be responsible for treating others inhumanely, so long as one acknowledges the Hebrew deity and repents.