To the readers of The Truth Renaissance:
One of the most important things someone can do in life is find their purpose. Finding purpose in life takes effort. It requires reflection, critical thinking, and a determination to understand the world around us. It shapes the way we view the world, how we interact with others, how we handle success and failure, and most importantly, it helps us find meaning.
Once we have an understanding of what our true purpose is, we must act.
There is a certain freedom that is given once purpose in life is found. It breaks the chains of conformity and allows you to boldly examine everything under the lens of your worldview.
Six years ago, I fell in love with the word truth. I had just finished my undergraduate studies and began a journey to better understand the world around me. It required me to put my beliefs under a microscope and at the same time, listen to the beliefs of others.
As an African American male living in a nation divided by race, and as a Christian living in a culture that is constantly questioning or attempting to make biblical doctrine irrelevant, I made a decision to examine what it was that I believed. What, or who was I living for? What is true? Can we know the truth? We live in a postmodern society that tells us that truth is relative. A world system that is dominated by humanism, materialism, and sensuality. So, how do we properly discern what we encounter in our lives?
I began to read books on a variety of subjects and topics. I examined different religions and faiths. I studied philosophy and logic. Also, I spent more time in prayer and meditation with God than anytime in the past. All of this led me back to Christ. It led me to the Truth.
I have concluded that it is important to know what we believe. Our conduct is an expression of what we believe. It is essential to know what you believe, and why you believe it. Many individuals simply have a nominal relationship with their belief system. My journey proved to me that my faith in Christ not only had experiential relevance, but it was a reasonable faith.
1 Peter 3:15 tells us to "set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give a reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect..."
I decided that a renaissance was needed. A rebirth and revival of the true essence of the concepts and ideas we encounter on a daily basis in our culture. We live in an age of images. There are a multitude of images and ideas that are thrown at us on a daily basis. Images that tell us what to buy and what to wear. Men are sold a false sense of masculinity, misguided priorities, and a depraved understanding of the opposite sex. Women are taught from a young age a delusive standard of beauty that can impact their sense of self worth throughout life.
Whether these images come from the various media outlets, or from family and friends, we are constantly required (whether we know it or not) to filter what we see and hear under the guidance of our worldview.
The Truth Renaissance will serve as a creative outlet that I can share thoughts on a variety of subjects and build a community of individuals dedicated to changing the world around them. Individuals who have a love for wisdom, service, and truth.
As this community grows, I'd like to also tell the stories of individuals who are making an impact on the world around them. My hope is to motivate others to begin to think critically in all areas of life; to assist others in finding their purpose.
The Truth Renaissance will explore several topics such as racial reconciliation, Christian apologetics, hip-hop culture and music, poetry, jazz, fashion, and etiquette. I'd like to return to the foundation of these subjects, while at the same time explore how they are applicable today.
The idea and concept for The Truth Renaissance has been in the works for several years, but I'd like to consider this the beginning. So if you are here from my old blog, thank you for continuing on this journey with me. If you are new to The Truth Renaissance, welcome. I hope that you are inspired to seek and speak truth in your every day lives.
"They learn as much as they can possibly learn, about as many things as they can study, because wherever they find truth, they were discovering the truth of God." - St. Augustine