Press Release: REV. SAMUEL RODRIQUEZ ISSUES CALL TO PRAYER FOR CIVILITY IN PUBLIC DISCOURSE, AHEAD OF THE NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER.
Leader of America’s Largest Organization of Latino, Evangelical Churches says,
“All five presidential candidates wax poetic with their insults, spoiling the innocence of our children and souring the communities within which we live.”
SACRAMENTO, CA — Ahead of Thursday’s National Day of Prayer, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, the President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, issued the following statement:
“Everyday, I become more concerned with the tone and tenor of our political rhetoric. All five presidential candidates wax poetic with their insults, spoiling the innocence of our children and souring the communities within which we live. Jesus taught that ‘out of the heart, the mouth speaks,’ and therefore we must all be concerned that our nation’s collective heart is terribly, spiritually sick. I call upon those preaching in our pulpits – and those sitting in our pews – to rise up in a countercultural revolt: to love our neighbors and to pray as we never have before. The church doesn’t need a donkey or an elephant, we need a lamb. The lamb of God, Jesus Christ, to convict us to unite when the culture fights to divide. I call upon the church across America to pray with the same intensity as our leaders war, to love as liberally as they sling their insults, and to remember again that the hope of America isn’t in politics but in prayer. I’m not sure that our National Day of Prayer has ever been more important, and that’s why I’m issuing this statement today. We mustn’t let Thursday’s National Day of Prayer come upon us unexpectedly. We must plan to pray and we must pray till our knees are raw and our voices are gone. We must work to unite across our own theological, political and denominational differences in order to fight our own fight for America, from our knees.”