New York Sen. Ruben Diaz, D-Bronx, has sounded the alarm to Christians on the issue of defending traditional marriage.
The Pentecostal minister was one of 29 senators -- and the only Democrat -- to vote against the state's gay marriage bill. The measure passed by a slim 33 vote majority Friday night.
"I always knew it would pass in New York, and if they allow it here the whole nation goes. But I am Christian first and then a Democrat," he said. "I always vote my conscience."
Reflecting on the narrow defeat, Diaz told The Christian Post that Christians need to do a better job of mobilizing against same-sex marriage.
"We have to organize better. The problem with the Christian movement, with the Christians and pastors, is that they pray too much and act too little," he said.
He also admonished faith leaders to remember that, above all, they are servants of Jesus Christ.
"We should always think first as Christians," he told the Post. "We should not be concerned if that person is Republican or Democrat."
"We should be concerned if that person has Christian values and go all the way for that person," he said.