Halcyon is Unapologetically Christian

A Note from Halcyon’s CEO

By Joshua Tijerina

What makes one a Christian? I know that the question, if taken on its face, should be fairly easy to answer, but it can become a very tense debate. At The Halcyon Movement, we are ecumenical. So, we are all Christian, but we come from different faith backgrounds. We state this in our internal “What We Believe” document:

“We are ecumenical, and that means diverse. We are built on many different denominations of Christianity. Each of these denominations brings a different perspective on how our Christian faith should be lived out. We believe our diversity is a strength, not a difference we pretend doesn’t exist.”

For instance, I am a Catholic, so I know that for me to live out my faith looks different than that of my good friend, and fellow founder, Emily Conley. She has a Baptist background. How she lives out her faith is distinctively different than I do. We could sit around all day and argue out those differences, but we did not create The Halcyon Movement to debate the distinctions between Christian denominations.

We created Halcyon to change the world.

Emily and I would absolutely LOVE if we could sit around and argue our religious differences, but we have too much commonality in our worldview; too much purpose that requires we focus on our mutual love for Christ and the natural world and natural laws that HE created.

We believe this is a moment for all Christians to come together and act. As Sophie Scholl, a Christian who was executed for her anti-Nazi resistance, stated

Just because so many things are in conflict does not mean that we ourselves should be divided. Yet time and time again one hears it said that since we have been put into a conflicting world, we have to adapt to it. Oddly, this completely unchristian idea is most often espoused by so-called Christians, of all people. How can we expect a righteousness to prevail when there is hardly anyone who will give himself up undividedly to a righteous cause?

At a Halcyon meeting a few months ago, we discussed how our brand would be represented, and we decided that among other things, we would be unapologetically Christian. But being unapologetically Christian doesn’t mean it’s the only thing we ever talk about, or that we have to talk about our Christianity in a certain way.

We want to talk about a bunch of different stuff in a bunch of different ways. Leo Tolstoy, in his book What is Art?, talks about how a Christian will inevitably enfuse their faith into everything they do. This is because Christians are a transformed people. I can’t help but be a Christian at home, at the gas station, at work, at Starbucks. This doesn’t mean I am always a good Christian (yeah, I struggle . . . a lot), but I am a Christian wherever I am and in whatever I do.

Being a transformed people doesn’t make us any less human. Humans are complex, social creatures, and the Christian is no different. We talk about a ton of different things without saying “Oh, and by the way, I just want to make sure you understand I am a Christian.” For instance, my post last Friday talked about “the painter’s vision.” The painter in this scenario is God. “It is important to offer a myriad of strokes — making as many strokes as we can — leveraging our vision towards one thing: the painter’s vision. The painter is not an agenda decided by a single person or a particular collective; the painter is truth.” This is about our worldview coming into alignment with God’s vision, because the painter — God — knows what the final painting will look like. Now, I am not saying this in explicit terms. Why? Frankly, I liked the metaphor and thought it would be fun to explore. That is, I suppose, the Halcyon way.

I’ve said it a couple of times, but I’ll say it again, Halcyon does things differently. If you are happy with the results over the last few decades, then I encourage you to keep doing things the same way. We won’t take that route.

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