I was pleased to listen to this broadcast (embedded below) on Focus on the Family, featuring Samuel Rodriguez, President of National Hispanic Leadership Conference, a Hispanic Evangelical organization. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of some of America’s leading Evangelical organizations such as: Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, National Association of Evangelicals, and Christianity Today.
What I appreciated about this interview was Rodriguez explanation of the Hispanic culture’s emphasis on the family. Currently there are 50 million Hispanics in America, 16-18 million of whom are evangelical Christians. Rodriguez explained that in their culture, church and family are vital. I think this is important for believers to understand. Some feel threatened by the rise of the Hispanic minority in the United States, but this vast migration of peoples is actually helping to restore a good emphasis on faith and family. I think pastors and church leaders would be wise to listen to this broadcast to help us better understand our Hispanic friends and neighbors and how to reach them with the gospel of Christ.
Here’s the broadcast: