California Minister Samuel Rodriguez Draws Notice

The Latino evangelical Christian movement is ascending from a remote constituency to a force, while also striving to reshape culture and politics in our country.

Believers such as Rodriguez want to marry the righteousness of Billy Graham with the justice of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Those two world views are not typically associated in a meaningful way but have found a nexus in Latino cultures, where people are comfortable with invoking God in everyday life while taking a less strident tone on immigration.

Given Latinos’ strong influence on the last presidential election, the work of faith leaders such as Rodriguez hint at greater changes within our political culture ”“ some of which could prove surprising.

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