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Rev. Samuel Rodriguez: The Connection Between Obedience and Service

Author Samuel Rodriguez discusses the connection between Godly obedience and service to others. Read Transcript


Terry: AS A LEADING

VOICE IN THE HISPANIC

EVANGELICAL CIRCLE, SAMUEL

RODRIGUEZ HAS BEEN RECORDED

BY BOTH REPUBLICANS AND

DEMOCRATS.

AND WHILE BOTH SIDES HAVE

TRIED TO GET HIM TO SUPPORT

THEIR AGENDAS, RODRIGUEZ

SAYS THERE IS ONLY ONE

AGENDA HE IS IN FAVOR OF,

THE LAMB'S.

Reporter: THE REVEREND

SAMUEL RODRIGUEZ IS THE LEAD

SPOKESPERSON FOR HISPANIC

EVANGELICALS.

AND HE HAS SPOKEN AT THE

WHITE HOUSE AND

CONGRESSIONAL MEETINGS ON

HISPANIC-AMERICAN ISSUES,

AND GAVE THE BENEDICTION AT

THE 2012 REPUBLICAN

CONVENTION.

HE SERVES AS PRESIDENT OF

THE NATIONAL HISPANIC

CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP

CONFERENCE, WITH

38,000-MEMBER CHURCHES.

IN HIS BOOK "THE LAMB'S

AGENDA," RODRIGUEZ REVEALS

THE CURE FOR OUR AILING

NATION: OBEDIENCE TO GOD AND

SERVICE TO OTHERS.

Terry: REVEREND SAMUEL

RODRIGUEZ IS HERE WITH US

NOW.

AND WE WELCOME YOU BACK TO

"THE 700 CLUB."

THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

Terry: IN ABOUT 40

YEARS THE HISPANIC CHRISTIAN

COMMUNITY WILL MAKE UP MOST

OF THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY.

IS THE CHURCH AWARE OF

THAT?

ARE THEY PREPARED FOR THAT?

I DON'T THINK THE CHURCH

IS COMPLETELY AWARE OF

THAT.

I THINK WE'RE HELPING TO

RAISE THE LEVEL OF

AWARENESS.

EVEN THIS CURRENT

CONVERSATION REGARDING

IMMIGRATION REFORM, WHEN I

EXPLAIN TO MY NON-LATINO,

EVANGELICAL BROTHERS AND

SISTERS, I FRAME IT IN THE

FOLLOWING LENS, THIS

COMMUNITY MAY BE THE

SALVATION OF AMERICAN

CHRISTIANITY.

IT MAY VERY WELL BE THE

FUTURE OF AMERICAN

EVANGELICALISM.

SO WE WHEN TALK ABOUT

DEPORTING ALL OF THESE

INDIVIDUALS, WE MAY VERY

WELL BE DEPORTING THE

CHRISTIANS.

WE NEED TO WELCOME THEM IN

THE SPIRIT OF MATTHEW 25,

AND WE NEED TO LEARN HOW TO

EATSOME CARNE ASADA.

MAYBE NOT IN THAT ORDER.

Terry: SIGN ME UP.

I WANT YOU TO ADDRESS WHAT

THE CONCERNS OF THE HISPANIC

CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY ARE?

WHAT ISSUES ARE THEY

CONCERNED WITH?

BECAUSE WHEN WE GO THROUGH A

POLITICAL YEAR, LIKE WE

HAVE, ALL OF THAT POLITICAL

STUFF COMES TO THE

FOREFRONT.

BUT WHAT IS IN THE HEART OF

THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY?

IT IS A PRO-LIFE

COMMUNITY.

IT IS FAMILY AND

STRENGTHENING FAMILY.

IT IS PASSIONATE

EVANGELISM.

IT IS JUSTICE, AND UNDER

JUSTICE IS SEX TRAFFICKING,

AND ALLEVIATING POVERTY IN

THE NAME OF JESUS.

THE WAY THAT I SEE IT, THE

LATINO COMMUNITY IS THE

CONVERGENCE OF BILLY GRAHAM

AND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING.

IF YOU PUT THEM TOGETHER AND

PUT SALSA ON TOP, YOU HAVE

LATIN EVANGELICALS.

I WANT TO SEE A COMMUNITY

NOT MARRIED TO ONE POLITICAL

IDEOLOGY.

I WANT TO SEE A COMMUNITY

EXCLUSIVELY MARRIED TO THE

AGENDA OF THE LAMB.

THE ONLY AGENDA THAT CAN

SAVE AMERICA IS NOT THE

DONKEY OR THE ELEPHANT, BUT

IT IS THE LAND'S AGENDA.

IT IS RIGHTEOUSNESS AND

JUSTICE, SANCTFICATION AND

WORSHIP.

AND TO EXPAND OUR HANDS OUT

IN COMPASSION.

THAT'S THE LAND OF THE

LAMB.

Terry: SAMUEL, WE

SHOULD KNOW THIS AS A

CHURCH.

HAVE WE FALLEN ASLEEP?

WE HAVE STOOD DIVIDED.

BETWEEN THE FOLLOWERS OF

BILLY GRAHAM'S MESSAGE OF

SALVATION, WHICH IS THE

PRIMARY MESSAGE, AND THE

FOLLOWERS OF DR. KING,

HORIZONTAL JUSTICE.

WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE

EITHER OR.

WHY CAN'T IT BE BOTH.

WE NEED A NEW CHRISTIAN

MOVEMENT, AND THAT CHRISTIAN

MOVEMENT NEEDS TO RECONCILE

BILLY GRAHAM'S MESSAGE AND

DR. KING'S SMARTS.

WHERE WE WILL SING THERE IS

ROOM AT THE CROSS, AND WE

SHALL OVERCOME ONE DAY.

Terry: AND MEAN IT.

AND MEAN IT.

IT IS HOLISTIC

CHRISTIANITY.

WITHOUT SACRIFICING TRUTH ON

THE ALTER OF POLITICAL

EXPEDIENCY.

Terry: YOU TOOK IN YOUR

BOOK, "THE LAMB'S AGENDA,"

ABOUT THE SIGNIFICANCE OF

THE VERTICAL AND HORIZONTAL

ELEMENTS OF THE CROSS, AND

AT THE POINT WHERE THEY

INTERSECT IS THE STRONGEST.

Reporter: THAT'S WHERE

RIGHTEOUSNESS AND JUSTICE

MEET.

WE RECONCILE THE OPTICS OF

REDEMPTION WITH THE METRICS

OF CONCILIATION.

WE'RE SANCTFICATION MEETS

SERVICE, AND THE IMAGE OF

GOD MEETS THE HABITS.

I WANT TO SEE A CHRISTIAN

CHURCH MOVEMENT FOR MY

CHILDRENAND MY CHILDREN'S

CHILDREN'S SAKE.

THAT DEMONSTRATES COMPASSION

IN THE NAME OF JESUS.

IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE EITHER

OR.

IT CAN BE BOTH.

AND THAT'S THE LAMB'S

AGENDA.

I DO BELIEVE THE BEST IS YET

TO COME.

I KNOW WE LIVE IN VERY

DIFFICULT TIMES, BUT I

BELIEVE THAT THE BEST FOR

THE CHURCH IS YET TO COME.

Terry: TALK ABOUT THAT

A LITTLE BIT.

BECAUSE IN THE PAST, WHEN

THERE HAS BEEN CRISIS IN OUR

COUNTRY, IT HAS BEEN ALMOST

AN AUTOMATIC THING PEOPLE

TURN TO GOD.

IN THE DAY WE LIVE IN, IT IS

LIKE WE HAVE FORGOTTEN WHO

HE IS, AND WE'RE ONLY

INTERESTED IN GETTING A

ANSWER FROM HIM --

BECAUSE WE'RE NOT

TEACHING THE WORD.

Terry: AND WE'RE NOT IN

THE WORD.

THIS IS A GENERATION OF

GREAT SPIRITUAL AND

LITERACY.

THE NUMBER ONE PROBLEM IN

AMERICA IS NOT MORE

RELATIVISM AND CULTURE DEC

DECCADANCE.

IT IS A CHURCH THAT IS

SLEEPING.

WE NEED TO PREACH THE WORD

IN AND OUT OF SEASON.

WE MAY BE OUT OF SEASON

RIGHT NOW, ACCORDING TO THE

CULTURE, BUT WE STILL NEED

TO PREACH THE WORD.

IT IS A SIMPLE MESSAGE.

JESUS SAVES, HE DELIVERS.

HE HEALS, AND HE IS COMING

BACK AGAIN.

Terry: SO, SAMUEL, WHAT

DO WE DO?

DO WE PRAY FOR A MIGHTY MOVE

OF GOD?

IT IS PROBABLY NOT ONE

THING.

IT IS PROBABLY ALL OF THE

ABOVE.

I GUESS WHAT I'M ASKING YOU

IS WHAT IGNITES THAT

SLEEPING CHURCH?

REPENTANCE.

IT IS COMING BEFORE THE FACE

OF GOD AND SAYING WE'RE

SORRY WE FAILED YOU.

WE SACRIFICED TRUTH ON THE

AUTHOR OF POLITICAL

EXPEDIENCY.

AND AFTER REPENTANCE,

REACHING OUT IN UNITY.

WE NEED TO SEE THE CHURCH

COMING TOGETHER LIKE NEVER

BEFORE.

THE FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST

COMING TOGETHER WILL USHER

IN A BRAND NEW, FRESH

AWAKENING IN AMERICA.

I DO BELIEVE BY FAITH IN

JESUS' NAME WE STAND AT THE

PREFPREFESOUS OF A NEW

AWAKENING.

Terry: INSTEAD OF

SAYING THAT THE PARTY ITSELF

IS FAILING OR THE CHURCH IS

FAILING, WE NEED TO LOOK

INSIDE INDIVIDUALLY?

ABSOLUTELY.

THE ANSWER IS NOT GOING TO

BE POLITICAL.

WE NEED TO BE ENGAGED

POLITICALLY, BUT IN

ACTIVISM.

MY NUMBER ONE SECURITY IN

WAKING UP IN THE MORNING IS

THAT CHRIST IS STILL ON THE

THRONE.

Terry: AMEN.

AND WHEN I WAKE UP IN THE

MORNING, THE OPTICS THAT

GUIDE ME, I'M NOT LATINO

FIRST.

I'M NOT AN AMERICAN FIRST.

I'M A BORN AGAIN CHILD OF

GOD.

I HAVE BEEN BORN BY THE LAMB

OF GOD.

WE'RE NOT CALLED TO ENGAGE

OUR CULTURE.

WE'RE CALLED TO REFORM THE

CULTURE.

THAT'S WHAT THE LAMB'S

AGENDA PROVIDES THE

FRAMEWORK FOR US TO ACHIEVE

AT THE END OF THE DAY.

Terry: YOU JUST

MENTIONED THE TITLE OF THE

BOOK.

IT IS A MUST READ.

"WHY JESUS IS CALLING YOU TO

A LIFE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS AND

JUSTICE."

IF YOU WANT TO HEAR MORE

FROM SAMUEL, GO TO

CBN.COM.

HE IS OUR FEATURED SPEAKER

AT TODAY'S CHAPEL.

YOU CAN EXPECT TO HEAR A

MESSAGE THAT WILL STIR YOU.

AND YOU YOU CAN WATCH THAT

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THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

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