I read The Lamb’s Agenda by Samuel Rodriguez and caught the vision from the very beginning. The introduction describes a wonderful time and place where stores and golf courses are empty on a Sunday morning, and hospitals have only minor injuries to attend to rather than shootings and other crimes of terror. A state prison has been repurposed into classrooms. What a beautiful vision, I thought. Churches would be full and everyone would be living the dream of peace on earth. But it would take Christians seriously pursuing God and also reaching out to their fellow man in Christlikeness.
Many dark forces rise against this utopian idea. There are agendas everywhere, not just from political parties but also from denominations, false gospels, and spiritual apathy. Groups discriminate against other groups because of race, sexual orientation, income, and appearance. But instead we are to follow the cross—look vertically to God and look horizontally to our neighbor. In the utopia described above, Christians would never neglect the needy, or their families. They would never sin. But since we are human, and have all fallen short of the glory of God, we do sin. Our humanity is no excuse. If we were truly seeking God with all our hearts, and really cared about His will, the world would be a better place. Rodriguez gives several examples of leaders who saw the need for this shift.
The Lamb’s Agenda challenged me. We must pray for a revival, a third Great Awakening. Frightening things are happening all over the world in opposition to Christianity. We must develop a passion for God and the things of God. How often do we go to church and call it good? How often do we complain of not having time to read the Bible or go to church? Samuel Rodriguez calls us to a higher standard, a better agenda—The Lamb’s Agenda.
Reviewed by Mary DeKok Blowers. The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through BookSneeze®.