The Reclamation Proclamation
Our world seems more divided than ever, even though through the power of technology and social media we are more connected than ever. We seem to have lost our ability to make real connections through genuine relationships.
We have access to more content than any time in history, but we spend that time consuming content that confirms our biases rather than engaging in discourse that challenges us to rationally defend our beliefs. The questions loom large as we seek to find something to place our faith in, something to place our trust in, and something that can bridge the gaps to unite us.
I don’t have all the answers, but I believe the first step lies in restoring faith to our generation. The generation known as the Millennials. As a Millennial myself, I believe this will help us leave the world better than we found it and leave a positive legacy for our children and future generations. The key to this legacy lies in reclaiming faith, reclaiming Truth, reclaiming life, and reclaiming love. Read more below if you are ready to accept the challenge and to join the movement.
I believe we must reclaim our faith. We are leaving the Christian faith in alarming numbers. A recent study by Pew Research Center shows that the fastest growing religious segment is the “nones,” or those who profess no religious affiliation. The number is the highest it has ever been at nearly 23% of the adult population. Amongst our generation, the statistics are even worse with only 56% of younger Millennials (born 1990-1996) identifying themselves as Christian. Our first priority should be to restore the faith of our generation.
I believe we must reclaim Truth. The Truth is not relative or subjective. We are abandoning belief in objective truth for moral relativism at increasingly high rates. A research study from LifeWay found that 35% of those 35 and younger believe in an objective truth, compared to 60% in those surveyed over the age of 45. This radical subjectivization of truth and ethical morality will continue to create violent opposition and divisiveness in our society if we don’t do something to reverse the trend.
I believe we must reclaim life. Life begins at conception and there is sanctity in all human life. By recognizing all human life as sacred, we will begin to impact society through true social justice. The pro-life movement has fallen short in emphasizing that all human life from conception to natural death is valuable. The pro-choice movement has lessened the value of human life by allowing it to be extinguished. We must do more to help families thrive. Our society should be one that recognizes and fosters the sanctity and precious gift of life.
I believe we must reclaim love. “Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interest, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8
Love is the cornerstone of a healthy society. Somewhere along the way, we confused love with inclusion and tolerance. Real love is setting clear boundaries around ethical and moral values. Real love is not pornographic or exploitative in nature. Real love is willing the good of the other, even when that means speaking the truth in love. Real love is making necessary sacrifices. Real love isn’t only rooted in passionate feelings, but it is also rooted in actions and choices. Real love produces strong marriages and a positive legacy of the family for our children. More simply, God is love.
Will you join me in the movement of reclaiming faith in our generation? Join me in leaving a better tomorrow and a legacy we can be proud of.