NY’s new Governor, Kathy Hochul, gave a speech earlier this week encouraging residents of her state to get vaccinated. New York was one of the earliest to mandate vaccinations with workers in healthcare and education coming up on hard deadlines to either get vaxed or get to steppin.
Gov. Hochul spoke at the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn this Tuesday. Her speech turned to the pandemic about partway through.
“I prayed a lot to God during this time and you know what – God did answer our prayers…he made them come up with a vaccine. That is from God to us and we must say, thank you, God…And I wear my ‘vaccinated’ necklace all the time to say I’m vaccinated. All of you, yes, I know you’re vaccinated, you’re the smart ones, but you know there’s people out there who aren’t listening to God and what God wants. You know who they are. I need you to be my apostles. I need you to go out and talk about it and say, we owe this to each other. We love each other.”
Taking Proverbs 3:3 “Bind them around your neck” to a whole new level with that vaccinated necklace. 👀 A lot to unpack here… She prayed a lot so that’s a start. But some people pray to thank God for pineapple on pizza. Speaking of, now I’m a little hungry.
Her job as a politician is also to influence people. That seems to be what she’s doing with the “smart ones” line. After that though…things get dicey.
Assuming people “aren’t listening to God” because they aren’t vaccinated makes a few dangerous assumptions. Whenever one person “heard from God” about something that wasn’t found in the Bible or corroborated by other Church leaders, bad things followed. It’s not likely Hochul is going to start a cult, so pack your white sneakers away for now. It does show how careful Christians should be when saying they “heard from God” on anything not specifically found in scripture.
As for calling fellow-vaccinated New Yorkers her apostles – it’s probably a case of bad wording. Since she was at a Christian gathering, maybe she thought it was cute. However, the topic at hand is too recent and sensitive to joke about. If I said you were my apostles if you also thought pineapple pizza was blasphemy, that would be a joke (sorta).
As Christians, we can choose to reject a worldview that sees the world divided on political lines. Instead, we can train ourselves to think biblically about each issue we encounter. God doesn’t love someone less if they are vaccinated or unvaccinated, and he hasn’t given special revelation to someone based on political or medical statuses. Jesus went to the cross for anyone who puts their faith in him. No exclusions or limitations applied.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16