The Lamb's Agenda: Why Jesus Is Calling You to a Life of Righteousness and Justice (Thomas Nelson) is a "strange bedfellows" book—and that's a good thing. The book features two forewords—one by Focus on the Family president Jim Daley and one by Bernice A. King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. and doyenne of the King legacy.
Pastor Rodriguez's goal is to create a movement that would change American society for good through the marriage of evangelism and social justice work—much in the way that evangelicals of an earlier era fought the evils of the gin industry and injustices of the slave trade by bringing a transforming gospel to those trapped by these forces while also working to eliminate these evils from society.
Historically speaking, there is little new in The Lamb's Agenda. John Wesley, Charles Finney, and William Wilberforce's Clapham Sect also married evangelism, moral reform, and social crusades. Rodriguez is certainly not the first to argue that Christians must not be captive to any political party and that we must not let them use us as their "useful idiots." Instead, we must let Jesus' prophetic call to justice and compassion judge both parties and render all ideologies relative.
Just before the 2004 election, Jim Wallis and Sojourners conducted a high-profile campaign to liberate Christian activism from enslavement to political parties. Their ad campaign cum petition headlined "God is not a Republican … or a Democrat" gained 40,000 signatures. Immediately after the election, Wallis attacked the media identification of Christians with the Republican Party in his book God's Politics.
Rodriguez, ever the preacher, reframes Wallis's ...