On September 26, 2021, Gov. Kathy Hochul visited the Christian Cultural Center, a large church in Brooklyn, New York.
According to The Christian Post, the Governor made the following remarks: “We are not through this pandemic. I wished we were, but I prayed a lot to God during this time and you know what, God did answer our prayers. He made the smartest men and women, the scientists, the doctors, the researchers — He made them come up with a vaccine. That is from God to us and we must say, thank you, God. Thank you.”
Gov. Hochul went on to applaud the congregants for being vaccinated and to ask for their help in persuading others to be vaccinated. The Governor asserted that vaccine-hesitant New Yorkers are not “‘listening to God and what God wants.’” In a bizarre turn, Gov. Hochul added, “‘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.’”
Jason J. McGuire, executive director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, responded saying:
“The comments made by the Governor aren’t just offensive. They are hypocritical and blasphemous. First, it is hypocritical for the Governor to appeal to New Yorkers to do what she believes is pleasing to the Lord in regard to COVID-19 vaccination when she has spent her entire political career refusing to follow God’s Word in regard to abortion. Perhaps Ms. Hochul should start by seeking the Lord’s will on that subject matter. Second, before she draws ‘apostles’ to herself, Gov. Hochul would be wise to heed the words of Scripture. ‘For when one says, “’I follow Paul,’” and another, “’I follow Apollos,’” are you not being merely human?’ (1 Corinthians 3:4 ESV). Pulpits should be used to point people to Jesus Christ, not to peddle a particular political agenda. I urge all Christians to join me in praying that Gov. Kathy Hochul will have a clearer understanding what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ.”