Following the heartbreaking attack on the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, Gov. Andrew Cuomo took to Twitter to offer his thoughts on the tragedy. On Nov. 5, Gov. Cuomo tweeted, “Our thoughts are with the people of Sutherland Springs after this heinous act.”
The Governor should have stopped there, but he didn’t. Instead, he tweeted the following:
I said it after Las Vegas, after Columbine, after Newtown—now is precisely the time to talk about gun violence.
We cannot accept mass shootings as part of who we are – this can and must stop. We must come together and say: enough is enough.
After a terror attack in Manhattan we secured the bikeway with barriers. After today’s shooting, we need more than thoughts and prayers.
We have pastors, priests and rabbis to offer thoughts and prayers. What we need from Republicans in DC is to do something. Lead.
Gov. Cuomo’s response was completely off base. First, he crassly used the deaths of 26 innocent people to push a political agenda. Second, the political agenda that he pushed was a wrong-headed gun control agenda. Third, he denigrated those elected officials who urged others to pray for the victims and their families. Fourth (and most importantly), he downplayed the effectiveness of prayer.
Christians know that we worship a God who hears and answers prayer. Regardless of what our confused Governor may believe, prayer is not a wasted exercise.