“Render Unto Cuomo”??

King Cuomo perches on the wall that daddy built, about to have a great fall.

I was born under the burgeoning Cuomo dynasty. When Mario took office in 1983, my Grammy owned a hair salon in Colonie Center called “Flahs” and she regularly did hair of his wife, Matilda. It was a heady brush with fame for a 6-year old who was sporting a lone acrylic nail on her pinkie finger and using it to pick her nose better. My Grammy loved the Cuomos and attended their swanky parties and voted Democrat across the board. She drove a Camaro, had an endless tan and regularly wore hot pants to my Christmas concerts. Rock and roll.

Fast forward 35 years and here we are again. I escaped the land of Stepford wives and giant sodas and plastic shopping bags of Utah only to find myself in the vice grip of yet another Cuomo at the helm, discovering that we’re all having sidearms slapped out of our hands via the SAFE Act, while mulling over handing out driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants, in spite of public outcry. Oh and don’t forget about the Cuomo seal of approval for the convenient, on-demand dismemberment of the unborn giving him pretty sweet kickbacks too. Sheesh. We righteous Christians love to pontificate against the gubernatorial crime family running our state, but what the heck are we actually doing about it? (Fun fact: Your church’s non-profit status is coming up on his hit list.)

Enough of us aren’t voting, that’s for dang sure. In terms of headcount, conservatives voters once far outweighed the liberals in New York State- did you know that?! Did you know thatin 2014, less than one-third of the state’s registered voters cast ballots in the governor’s race“?!  TWO-THIRDS didn’t even show up. But downstaters are heading up our way and they vote in larger numbers, they’re richer and willing to fight to win, so they do win and here we are crying about how our governor and his flying monkeys don’t represent us. Well, they do, actually.

Cuomo represents us. He represents our failure to make any substantive changes via the voting process and the failure to send a clear message about what we will and won’t tolerate. You know who didn’t have a vote? Jesus. Jesus and all those Jews held under the thumb of Rome never voted for anyone. They were invaded, sacked and ruled, whether they liked it or not. Taxed. Punished. Lorded over. All at the whim of their Cuomo Caesar, a man who thought of himself as a god, was a murderer and enslaved millions of people. Sound like anyone you know?

In Matthew 22, the Pharisees asked this famous question, “Do you think it is lawful to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” Jesus gave this enigmatic reply, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” Here is the gist of what was going on: You know your income taxes are funding abortion. You know your property taxes are the highest in the United States and are funding deviant sexual education for your 5 year old. You know you’re paying for sanctuary cities and welfare for scammers and crack heads and that your Constitutional rights are constantly violated and you know that your money is paying for things you are morally, ethically and religiously against, so, “Do you think it is lawful to pay taxes to Cuomo Caesar or not?”

The answer is this: It doesn’t matter now. We voted for this or didn’t even show up at the polls to vote against it. So yes you need to render unto Cuomo Caesar. If we’re against it, we need to take time off work, get out of bed, drag our kids over, inconvenience ourselves and vote against it. Educate yourself on what these candidates stand for and vote/don’t vote for them. IT MATTERS. We’ve voted ourselves into a corner by our failure to speak with our vote. Politicians don’t read letters, and aren’t swayed by picket signs. I promise. They speak the language of voting. Don’t complain about what you allow.

In Romans 13:1-7 Paul wrote about Christians and civil authority, but what many interpret as “obey” is more accurately stated as “submit” – submission and obedience are not the same thing. Paul, Peter and and many others consistently disobeyed laws that violated God’s commands, yet they submitted to the hands of the law when facing punishment for their actions. The difference matters. As Christians, the law of the land doesn’t govern our morality. God does. Remember, the Holocaust was legal. So were slavery and segregation. So is abortion. What if there was a one-child law in America like there is in China? Would you obey and get an abortion? VOTE. If you’re truly tired of it, you have the power to make it go away.

As for Cuomo, you should pray for him (1 Timothy 2:2). Not a preachy-pray rant to the heavens. Pray for him and his family, as you should for our president, with a genuine heart. God loves them as much as He loves you and they have way more power than you’ll ever have so PRAY – AND THEN FOR THE LOVE OF GOD – V.O.T.E.


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