Today’s guest post is by Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC). CNN named Rev. Rodriguez, “the leader of the Hispanic Evangelical movement,” and the Wall Street Journal identified him as one of America’s seven most influential Hispanic leaders. Rev. Rodriguez is also the author of the book, The Lamb’s Agenda: Why Jesus is Calling You to a Life of Righteousness and Justice.
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Our faith is not like any other faith. Our faith is transparent, transcendent, and transformational. Our faith teaches us to cross over obstacles, shout down walls, break through crowds, and walk on the impossible, even in the midst of storms.
Our faith enables us to survive the fires of life, overcome the den of lions, silence the serpents, and outwit the fox. Our faith teaches us to see the invisible, embrace the impossible, and hope for the incredible.
It is that faith—the one that the author of Hebrews 11 frames as the convergence of hope and conviction—that enables us to praise beyond our problems, give beyond our needs, and love beyond our neighbor.
For it is our faith that compels us to live a Christ-centered life. Acts 17:28
says, “for in him we live and move and have our being.” As some of your own poets have said, “We are his offspring.”
In Him, this generation lives to reconcile the vertical and horizontal planes of the Christian message. According to Galatians 2:20
, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” To be crucified is to revisit the cross. When we look at this quintessential Christian symbol, we see a vertical and horizontal plane.
Life is both vertical and horizontal. The cross is both vertical and horizontal. It is both redemption and relationship, sanctification and service, conviction and compassion, holiness and humility, faith and action, covenant and community, the image of God and the habits of Christ, orthodoxy and orthopraxy, righteousness and justice, John 3:16
and the Matthew 25, the prophetic and the practical, truth and love, worshipping the Lord and welcoming the stranger, preaching the word and feeding the hungry.
In Him, this generation will reconcile the optics of redemption with the metrics of reconciliation. In Him, this generation will speak truth with love.
In Him, this generation lives to do justice in the name of Jesus. For what does the Lord require of you? “To do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8
Yet we must ask: what is justice? Justice stands not as a copyrighted nomenclature for the expedient efforts of operatives in the political sphere. Justice does not belong to the left or to the right. Justice flows from high for the purpose of lifting up the low.
What is justice? Justice is not the purpose of big government. Justice is the passion of a big God.
Justice is not a political term to be exploited but a prophetic term to be lived out.
What is justice? Justice does not result in pathetic attempts of expediency but in prophetic postures of activism. For at times justice will march, it will protest, and it will sing, but justice will always
speak on behalf of those that cannot speak for themselves.
In Him, we live to do justice in the name of Jesus. This is the generation of the Good Samaritan and Matthew 25. This is the generation committed to advancing not the agenda of the donkey or the elephant but the agenda of the lamb.
This generation seeks a holistic gospel that looks up and looks around—with holy hands lifted high and helping hands stretched out.
In Him, we live to vociferously proclaim Psalm 89:14
: “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.”
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