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Obama Should ‘Reconcile the Rhetoric With Action’ to End Religious Intolerance, Says Rev. Samuel Rodriguez

WASHINGTON — A prominent evangelical leader who attended the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington Thursday believes President Barack Obama’s speech championing religious freedom needs to be put into practice by his administration to end religious intolerance in the United States and abroad.

Obama’s speech to the crowd of 3,600 that included the Dalai Lama focused on religious freedom and the need to combat evil actions carried out by militants in the name of religion across the world.

Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference who attended the prayer breakfast, told The Christian Post that he respects Obama’s spiritual convictions, but nevertheless is a critic of the administration’s actions that undermine religious freedom in the U.S.

These hot button religious freedom issues include the HHS’ contraception mandate and how it affects religious entities that hold moral objections to some or all forms of birth control, specifically those that cause the early terminiation of a pregnancy.

“Having sat down with the president previously and having witnessed the president on many occasions defer to his faith narrative and to his commitment, it was affirming to hear the president of the United States of America once again affirm his commitment, his faith value, how it guides him, and likewise, admonishing the world in perverting religious narratives for purposes that run counter to who we are created in God’s image,” Rodriguez said.

samuel-rodriguez3Rev. Samuel Rodriguez on the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission panel on “Hobby Lobby and the Future of Religious Liberty,” at the Southern Baptist Convention, Baltimore, Maryland, June 9, 2014.

“The rhetoric is powerful, but if we could reconcile the rhetoric with action then we could build a firewall to religious intolerance in the 21st century,” Rodriguez told CP, reiterating his point that there are “religious liberty issues” both “around the world” and “even in our own nation.”

“I do believe we have deviated from that fundamental right, even now in our current day in age. It’s great for us to have a Prayer Breakfast. Again, it’s inspiring, it’s wonderful,” he said.

Held at the International Ballroom at the Washington Hilton, the 63rd annual National Prayer Breakfast was hosted by U.S. Sens. Robert P. Casey Jr., D-Pa., and Roger F. Wicker, R-Miss.

In addition to the many faith leaders, clergy, and U.S. Congressmen in attendance, many international public figures were also invited to the event.

“We represent all 50 states and 130 nations. As the Psalm says, ‘O let the nations be glad and sing for joy for Thou shalt judge the people righteously,’” Wicker shared with those gathered. “We come together as Ephesians 5:19 directs us, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs. Singing and making melody to the Lord.”

The event included music from American Idol finalist and Miss Mississippi Jasmine Murray, who performed “His Eye is on the Sparrow,” as well as teenager Quintavious Johnson, who performed a musical rendition of the Lord’s Prayer.

The keynote address was given by NASCAR commentator and racing champion Darrell L. Waltrip, who talked about his story of Christian faith and the transformation it made for him personally and spiritually.

“I thought I was a pretty good guy. Folks, let me tell you something: good guys go to hell,” warned Waltrip, who called the day he asked Jesus into his heart “the greatest day of my life.”

Speaking about Waltrip’s speech, Rodriguez added, “What blessed me was the unbridled and unfettered delivery of the Gospel message of Christ, uncensored without compromise and done with such nuance out of a personal narrative — that really moved me.”

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council who also attended the event, praised Darrell’s “heartfelt message” that was about his relationship with Jesus Christ.

“I think it’s always good when people come together for a moment to focus on really what’s at the heart of our nation, what brings us together,” Perkins said.

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Rev. Samuel Rodriguez: The Reconciled Church movement

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Franklin Graham: Islamic Storm Coming against West

Franklin Graham is warning that a storm of Islamic persecution is coming against Christians in the West.

The founder of Samaritan’s Purse wrote a message on Facebook after ISIS terrorists beheaded 21 Christian men in Libya.

Graham asks why there hasn’t been global condemnation from Muslim leaders.

“Can you imagine the outcry if 21 Muslims had been beheaded by Christians?” he wrote.

The Islamic terrorists released a video of their atrocity against the Christians, with a headline that read: “A Message Signed with Blood to the Nation of the Cross.”

“We’d better take this warning seriously as these acts of terror will only spread throughout Europe and the United States,” Graham wrote. “The storm is coming.”

Other Christian leaders are also speaking out, saying the world must stand up to repudiate the ISIS massacre and the terrorist targeting of Christians.

Dr. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, is specifically calling out President Barack Obama to do more.

“We call upon the president of the United States of America and Congress to specifically address the persecution of Christians by ISIS, Islamic totalitarianism, and regimes in the Middle East, and call upon the United Nations to convene a summit on Christian persecution around the world,” Rodriguez stated in a press release.

He’s also calling for a moment of silence Sunday to honor the beheaded Egyptian Christians and their grieving families.

For more information, visit the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference website.

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Moment of Silence Urged for 21 Christians Slain by ISIS

The leader of a group representing 100 million Hispanic evangelicals is calling on President Obama and Congress to stand up for persecuted Christians.

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, accused the president and members of Congress of failing to take the lead and protect the Middle East’s Christian population from the brutal abuses by ISIS.

“We call upon the President of the United States of America and Congress to specifically address the persecution of Christians by ISIS, Islamic totalitarianism and regimes in the Middle East; and call upon the United Nations to convene a summit on Christian persecution around the world,” Rodriguez wrote in a statement issued Wednesday.

He also called upon Christian churches to hold a one-minute moment of silence followed by prayer for the 21 Coptic Christians murdered by ISIS militants in Libya.

“Recognizing that today’s complacency is tomorrow’s captivity, as followers of Christ we recognize that silence is not an option, and call upon all Christians on Sunday, February 22, to allocate a minute of silence followed by a prayer reflecting upon the 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians murdered and all others who have lost their lives at the hands of terror, as well as their grieving families,” Rodriguez urged.

CBN News spoke with Rev. Rodriguez about his call for leadership from the White House and Congress in the fight to protect Christians from radical Islam. Click play to watch that interview.

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Religious Leaders Call for Action, Prayer Feb. 22 for 21 Coptic Christians Beheaded by ISIS

Religious leaders from around the nation are calling upon all Christians to allocate a minute of silence on Sunday, February 22, followed by a prayer reflecting upon the memory and for the grieving families of the 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians murdered by the hands of ISIS terrorists.

A variety of denominational and cultural faith leaders have joined in the efforts, including:

  • Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President of The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC)/Conela;
  • Dr. Russell Moore, President of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC);
  • Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, Award-Winning Television Producers;
  • Gabe Lyons, Founder of Q Ideas;
  • James Robison, Founder of LIFE Outreach International;
  • Johnnie Moore, Speaker, Commentator and Author of “Defying ISIS;”
  • Mathew D. Staver, Esq., Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel; Dr. Mark Williams, General Overseer of The Church of God;
  • Dr. Doug Beacham, General Superintendent of The International Pentecostal Holiness Church;
  • Dr. Glenn Burris, President of The Foursquare Church; and others.

“The Christian faith is the place where conviction marries compassion and truth joins hands with love,” said NHCLC/Conela President Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, who serves as a representative voice for the more than 100 million Hispanic Evangelicals throughout the world.

“We stand convicted and convinced that terror and intolerance cannot, and will not, extinguish the light of God’s grace, truth and love,” Rodriguez continued. “We hope leaders around the world will join us in honoring those who have lost their lives, praying for those suffering, and repudiating all acts of terror.”

A short video available to be played in worship services and gatherings prior to Sunday’s minute of silence is available for download in both English and Spanish at http://21martyrs.com/.

“Persecution of Christians wakes a slumbering Church,” said Q Ideas President Gabe Lyons. “This call to remembrance and prayer reminds us that the blood of the martyrs has always been the seed for a revived Church. May we remain sober-minded and fall to our knees in prayer for God to stir our hearts to obedience.”

Additionally, these leaders are urging President Barack Obama and the United States Congress to do more to specifically address the persecution of Christians by ISIS, Islamic totalitarianism and regimes in the Middle East; and call upon the United Nations to convene a summit on Christian persecution around the world.

“In a time when the world is on fire with the threat of Islamic jihadist extremism and religious persecution, the church must be the people who know how to engage our neighbors with the gospel that reconcile,” said ERLC President Dr. Russell Moore. “At the same time, our government must do its duty, and Christians are right to pray for swift action against this terror. We stand in solidarity with our persecuted brothers and sisters, as the people of the cross.”

For more information, visit http://21martyrs.com/.

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RELIGIOUS LEADERS CALL FOR ACTION, PRAYER THIS SUNDAY FOR 21 COPTIC CHRISTIANS BEHEADED BY ISIS

REV. SAMUEL RODRIGUEZ, DR. RUSSELL MOORE, GABE LYONS, MARK BURNETT & ROMA DOWNEY LEAD MULTI-CONFESSIONAL EFFORT.

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 20, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ —  from around the nation are calling upon all Christians to allocate a minute of silence on Sunday, February 22, followed by a  reflecting upon the memory and for the grieving families of the 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians murdered by the hands of terrorists.

A variety of denominational and cultural faith leaders have joined in the efforts, including:
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President of The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC)/Conela;

Dr. Russell Moore, President of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC);

Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, Award-Winning Television Producers;

Gabe Lyons, Founder of Q Ideas;

James Robison, Founder of LIFE Outreach International;

Johnnie Moore, Speaker, Commentator and Author of “Defying ISIS;”

Mathew D. Staver, Esq., Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel; Dr. Mark Williams, General Overseer of The Church of God;

Dr. Doug Beacham, General Superintendent of The International Pentecostal Holiness Church;

Dr. Glenn Burris, President of The Foursquare Church; and others.
“The Christian faith is the place where conviction marries compassion and truth joins hands with love,” said NHCLC/Conela President Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, who serves as a representative voice for the more than 100 million Hispanic Evangelicals throughout the world.

“We stand convicted and convinced that terror and intolerance cannot, and will not, extinguish the light of God’s grace, truth and love,” Rodriguez continued. “We hope leaders around the world will join us in honoring those who have lost their lives, praying for those suffering, and repudiating all acts of terror.”

A short video available to be played in worship services and gatherings prior to Sunday’s minute of silence is available for download in both English and Spanish at 21martyrs.com.

“Persecution of Christians wakes a slumbering Church,” said Q Ideas President Gabe Lyons. “This call to remembrance and prayer reminds us that the blood of the martyrs has always been the seed for a revived Church. May we remain sober-minded and fall to our knees in prayer for God to stir our hearts to obedience.”

Additionally, these leaders are urging President  and the United States Congress to do more to specifically address the persecution of Christians by ISIS, Islamic totalitarianism and regimes in the Middle East; and call upon the United Nations to convene a summit on Christian persecution around the world.

“In a time when the world is on fire with the threat of Islamic jihadist extremism and religious persecution, the church must be the people who know how to engage our neighbors with the gospel that reconcile,” said ERLC President Dr. Russell Moore. “At the same time, our government must do its duty, and Christians are right to pray for swift action against this terror. We stand in solidarity with our persecuted brothers and sisters, as the people of the cross.”

For more information, visit 21martyrs.com.

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