We all stand privy to the tragic and horrific developments of the shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Texas. Unfortunately, it's not the first time we hear the sounds of mindless violence, disregard for life, racial bigotry, and discord. To a great degree, we've heard this sound before: we've heard this tune before, we've heard this song before.
Nevertheless, we stand convinced that hope lies in the One who sits on the throne. We gather with the conviction that there is a new song arising.
"And they sang a new song, saying: 'You are worthy to take the scroll / and to open its seals, / because you were slain, / and with your blood you purchased for God / persons from every tribe and language and people and nation" (Rev. 5:9).
And they sang a new song
"Sing unto the Lord a new song": in order to sing the new, we must recognize that the old song already stands played out.
We have all heard the old song—the song of hatred, sin, racism, intolerance, fear, division, strife, and brokenness.
We have all heard the old song—the song of moral relativism, cultural decadence, spiritual apathy, and ecclesiastical lukewarm-ness.
We have all heard the old song—from Louisiana to Minnesota and Dallas, Texas, we all heard the old song of lives prematurely taken, dreams shattered, communities broken, and the collective gasp of a nation suffocated by despair.
We have all heard the old song.
But praise God, we gather as followers of Christ to declare that we are not the people of the old song. We are the voices of the new song.
We are people of the new song because we understand the following truths:
Today's complacency is tomorrow's captivity.
We are what we tolerate.
There is no such thing as "comfortable Christianity."
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Samuel Rodriguez is the president of The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and the Senior Pastor of New Season Christian Worship Center in Sacramento, CA. He is also the author of Be Light: Shining God's Beauty, Truth, and Hope into a Darkened World.