Last week, reporters asked New York Governor Andrew Cuomo why the COVID-19 infection rate was slowing in his state.

Strangely, he responded by openly saying that God had nothing to do with the deceleration in infections.

John Stonestreet at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview writes,

Governor Cuomo said: “The number is down because we brought the number down. God did not do that. Faith did not do that. Destiny did not do that. A lot of pain and suffering did that.” To be clear, he wasn’t asked about God or prayer, he just said it. . . .

Today, it’s more common for officials to just ignore God and any role He might play in our world.

But there’s a world of difference between leaving God unmentioned and outright denying He deserves any credit at all for anything, from miraculous intervention to strengthening medical professionals to acknowledging He gave some the minds to develop therapies and technologies.

America has a long tradition of turning to God in prayer during hardship and declaring days of thanksgiving after those hardships have passed.

In Arkansas, Governor Hutchinson declared a statewide day of prayer last month amid the coronavirus outbreak.

In light of all of that, it’s troubling to see the governor of one of America’s most prominent states — one where the coronavirus outbreak has been especially bad — openly deny that God has had anything to do whatsoever with a slow down in the virus infection rate.

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