There are rare occasions in which I actually seek out books that tackle the issues of faith and politics. My recent reading has brought to my attention one such book. It’s title The Lamb’s Agenda: Why Jesus is Calling You to a Life of Righteousness and Justice is written by pastor Samuel Rodriguez.
Rodriguez’s book is a wakeup call to the church in America to see its place in dealing with the need to be both righteous in faith and just in action. His initial treatise to state how there is a need to engage both the vertical and horizontal aspects of the cross as believers gives rise to how Christians must remember that in all things, we are to love both God and man and have our decisions and actions reflect that, both at the polls and in community engagement.
Before you think that pastor Rodriguez’s is being political, and agenda driven by a political bent, he does not say that Christians on either side of the political spectrum have a perfect response to America’s ills. He points out the good and the bad of both, as well as presents ways in which both sides can more adequately address these issues by remembering that we are Christian first and foremost. He goes further to point out what he believes righteousness and justice looks like when it is balanced by a firm Biblical worldview.
I think that some of the greatest aspects of what Dr. Rodriguez points to is the impact of both Billy Graham and Martin Luther King Jr., the influence of a growing Latino population, as well as how a Kingdom culture is not exclusive of the diverse ethnic American society, but how that Kingdom culture should be greater part of shaping America. I think that of all that Dr. Rodriguez speaks to, the issue of a shifting ethnic culture and the Church’s awareness of this and how to properly address it with compassion speaks volumes and should not be overlooked.
The Lamb’s Agenda is more than a book that should be read by those who are leaders in ministry. It is one that should be read by people from each of the seven spheres of cultural influence. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez has given everyone in whatever area of ministry or society a solid foundation from which to build a structure for engaging the needs to balance righteousness with the political.
As a prophetic people, the Church must be profoundly confrontational with the disparities while remaining compassionate to those who are caught in the cross-hairs of those injustices. A Church that is negligent of this fails to fully reflect the image of Christ. It’s my hope that anyone who reads this will weigh heavy the insights that Pastor Rodriguez shares and consider how best to be the image bearer that Christ is calling all of us to. May we all fulfill the Lamb’s Agenda, placing it before and above any other.