Recently, I have been asked the question, “What is Reclaim the Faith?”.
This is a valid question.
And I could write out the mission statement or the list of doctrinal beliefs and even just direct the person to the site to give them a good look at what it is that Reclaim the Faith is attempting to accomplish.
But lately, for me, that hasn’t been sufficient.
Those may be sufficient responses, but I feel like it needs a little bit more.
So, here goes my attempt at giving the answer a bit of a spin.
Have you ever felt like your life has been hijacked?
I know that sounds like a strange concept to some, but let’s face it. At some point in our lives, we feel like we no longer have control of our lives. Somehow, someone or something has hijacked our lives and we’re just along for the ride.
Or, let’s look at it the way Sam Esmail, creator of the USA TV Series “Mr. Robot”, looks at the world. According to Eliot, the lead character in the show, our democracy has been hacked. We are at the whims of the elite, the 1% of the 1%, the richest of the rich, the most powerful of the powerful. They have control and we just sit back and take it. We no longer have a say in shaping our world.
This is what I believe has happened to the Church, particularly the American Church. It has been hacked.
It has been hacked by the economy. It has been hacked by the government. It has been hacked by politics, by race, by socio-economic agendas.
Instead of the Church being shaped by the word of God and the Spirit of God, we are shaped by the world around us. We strive to look like them and act like them and talk like them in order to have a say.
I strive to use Reclaim the Faith as a sort of reset button, or an anti-virus program. I strive to use Reclaim the Faith to debug the system, find the problems, and re-write the code.
Only then can the church be effective again, particularly in America. Only then can we actually have a say, because we truly have God Almighty on our side.
Our words, our actions, our programs, our lives will not be without power, because the Holy Spirit will be filling us.
That, is what Reclaim the Faith is all about.