Pastor Sam Rodriguez grew up in the Rust Belt city of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Rodriguez’s family is from Puerto Rico. Even though Rodriguez was born in the continental United States, he didn’t learn to speak English until he entered Kindergarten.
Now, the charismatic pastor of New Season Christian Worship Center in Sacramento, California and President of the National Hispanic Leadership Conference serves as a faith advisor to President Trump. Like the President’s other religious counselors, Rodriguez has been criticized for his role in the Trump administration.
These faith advisors are often charged with providing the president with a pass in order to gain access to him. But, during a recent interview with CBN News, Rodriguez insisted he wasn’t giving Trump “a pass.” Rather, the pastor of New Season Christian Worship Center stated he’s carrying out what he deems is “an assignment from heaven.”
Rodriguez revealed to CBN News that his young grandkids are his motivation for serving the president. He said, “It’s about the next generation, it’s about Christ.” While relishing his role, the President of the National Hispanic Leadership Conference emphasized that his “assignment” could be removed from him at any time. He maintained, “The Lord giveth, the Lord taketh away.”
Rodriguez met Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign. Since this time, the pastor has been meeting and advising the president regularly. He was one of six people who provided an inaugural prayer in 2017. The photos from this memorable event are displayed on the walls of Rodriguez’s office.
The pastor shared the reality of the dissension his fellow Hispanics have shown regarding his faith advisor role to Trump with CBN News. He said, “It’s tough to see people in your own community suffer and then you have to reconcile and justify – why do you have access to people?” Rodriguez also is used to taking heat from fellow evangelicals who feel Trump’s faith advisors provide him with moral cover for his acts that don’t align with Biblical values. When asked to respond to this situation, the pastor of New Season Christian Worship Center talked about his experience that includes advising the past two presidents. Rodriguez also disclosed that his racially diverse congregation enthusiastically supports his role as Trump’s faith advisor.
Referring to his flock, the pastor of New Season Christian Worship Center said, “They see it as a prophetic continuum. There is Pastor Sam just fulfilling his God-given calling. And he doesn’t sell out.’ They know I’m Lamb’s agenda.”
Rodriguez published a book in 2013 titled The Lamb’s Agenda. According to CBN News, he strives to work independently of either political party, and prioritizes basing his political opinions on his understanding of the Bible. CBN News reported Rodriguez has a problem with fellow Evangelicals who didn’t voice disapproval of Obama’s policies that affirmed abortion and opposed religious liberty. He stated, “I have a problem if you weren’t here opposing the policies of President Obama that ran counter to religious liberty and now all of a sudden you’re opposed to Donald Trump.”
When asked what keeps him going, Rodriguez responded, “I’ve seen families separated because their parents were deported. I’ve seen the tragedy of what happens when life is taken. I’ve seen the outcome of racism in various communities. That’s what drives me.” Referring to every time he enters the White House, Rodriguez said, “I walk in there and I ask the Holy Spirit to anoint every single word. ‘God – don’t let anything come out of my mouth that’s Samuel Rodriguez.’”
Earlier this year, Rodriguez, along with Johnnie Moore, an Evangelical public relations executive, announced the founding of the Congress of Christian Leaders, CCL. The twosome said the interdenominational body will seek to foster unity and support expanding Christian movements all over the world. Referring to the new venture, Rodriguez stated, “The CCL is the embodiment of our conviction that we are more powerful when we stand together for righteousness and justice.” He went on to add, “It is through our common bonds of faith that we will magnify our collective reach and impact for the cause of Christ on this Earth.”
~ 1776 Christian