New York Governor Kathy Hochul, who recently succeeded the dishonored Andrew Cuomo in the position, argues that submitting to the Covid vaccine regime is a divine act. He made the comments while appearing in a Christian church, the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn.
The idea of invoking religion to push government public policy is disturbing in itself. Much has already been written about this. See some examples here, here and here.
One specific point Hochul made in her rant that stood out was the idea that she wants to summon a crowd to go out and be her apostles to proselytize, even force others to surrender to her God. See below Governor Kathy Hochul giving his remarks.
“[The vaccine] it comes from God to us. And we have to say ‘Thank God’ … There are people out there who are not listening to God + what God wants … I need you to be my apostles, I need you to go out and … say: We must to each Other. “
NY Gov. Kathy Hochul @ Christian Cultural Center pic.twitter.com/wetjNgDHEp
– Clip by Woke Preacher (@WokePreacherTV) September 27, 2021
Apparently Hochul knows a lot about what God does and wants us to do. Evidently, Hochul believes that God is managing our health plans and needs our help to get others to follow them as well. Aside from the medical issues of whether or not to take Covid Jab, a bigger question arises as to what religion should do. This could be considered literally or metaphorically.
Does God want us to go out and proselytize, force, even force people to follow God?
Hochul was speaking in a church. He invoked the name of Jesus. Presumably, Hochul’s comments referred to the mention of God in the Bible. So, don’t blame me for getting into the biblical text. For non-biblical believers, it may be of passing interest: after all, we have a governor of a major American state preaching to us from the pulpit of a church.
How many times have we come across someone who continues to proselytize that we must come to God? We often look up and run! The most famous biblical text that seems to promote the idea of religious proselytism is in Mark 16:15: “Go all over the world and preach the gospel to every creature ». And, after all, there are references that also say the following: Matthew 28:19: “to go so it is make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
Well, here, are these our marching orders to start proselytizing?
Care should be taken not to “pick the cherry” on biblical texts to make them mean something you want. Can it really be? proselytize someone who doesn’t want to listen? Consider John 6:44: “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him.In other words, convincing someone of God is not up to you, to me, not even to Jesus. Perhaps God’s acceptance is only for those who are called and already have an open mind to listen. Proselytism may not be the answer, especially where it is not wanted. After all, it also says in Matthew 7: 6: “Do not give … or throw your pearls before swine …“
This is not God’s world, as stated in John 18:36: “Jesus replied: My kingdom is not of this world.“Also, we are exalted in Revelation 18: 4 to”Come out of her, my people, so as not to participate in her sins and not to receive her wounds.“Of course, mixing corrupt governments of this world like Hochul tries to do is a distortion of the biblical text.
There is a prophetic similarity to when Noah was warned of an impending end of the world (as it was known then) to what is happening today. Yes, Noah was considered a preacher of justice, but God never told Noah that the invitation to the Ark was for everyone. There is no biblical reference to Noah’s proselytizing to save people, no coercion, no mockery of Noah’s knowledge as some have suggested. Noah just quietly performed his commanded duties. Consider the following biblical text in Matt. 24: 37-39.
“37 But just as the days of Noah were, so too will the coming of the Son of man be. 38 For as in the days before the flood they ate and drank, married and gave in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and I did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of man be.“
Notice that the people did not know about the flood until it came. Yet, biblically, there is the idea of global communication required by God. In Matthew 24:14: “And this gospel of the kingdom it will be preached throughout the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.Note that communication is not to convert people into a religion, but as a simple testimony. Witness of what? And to whom within these nations? And for what purpose?
The plot thickens.
To answer these questions, it may be necessary to take a deeper dive into what God’s “plan” has in store for us humans, if any. Perhaps the proclamation of the gospel is just a reference, to a people in a future time of God’s world. By proving that the trials can be right in front of you, but without an open mind, the information is useless. Any acceptance of God among the nations today can only be understood for the few believers, not for the general public as it was in Noah’s day. Remember, God only saved eight from the flood – how many will he save at the end of time?
God sometimes holds information close to his chest – a necessary basis for knowing. For example, when God was questioned in Daniel 12: 9 about the time of the end, it was said: “Go, Daniel, for the words are closed and sealed until the time of the end.This “plan” is a topic for future Sunday #thinks along the way. Sure, this would be the subject of much debate, but until it is known, proselytizing anyone for no purpose could be considered problematic.
Hochul should have known how to preach a gospel of Covid vaccines to shame, even force, people to comply is yet another distortion of the biblical text. In fairness to Hochul, I suppose Hochul doesn’t believe much in detailed biblical texts. He was simply using religion as a tool, a prop, to make political points.
As for the broader question of whether we should proselytize for God, let us know your views on this topic in the comments section of this article.
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