If you ask a writer how important the title to a book is, you will usually receive an answer ranging from “very important” to “critical.” Writers put a lot of time into naming their books. We even struggle with titling articles and blog entries. It is important to convey the essence of your message in the first few words a person reads.
Names are just as important. In the Bible, when God renamed someone, it was for a reason. The new name set the tone for what God would accomplish through them for the rest of their lives. God changed Abram (meaning “high father”), to Abraham (meaning “father of many”). He renamed Abraham’s wife Sarai (meaning “contentious one”), to Sarah, (meaning “princess”). He renamed Jacob (“supplanter”), to Israel (“having power with God”). Simon’s name was changed to Peter (“rock”).
Since the launch of the Project in April, I have struggled with the name Project 513. Without going into detail, I found the name limiting. It does not capture the mission of the ministry in its entirety. The name also just didn’t flow well conversationally. Still, I could not find a name I liked that hadn’t taken, so the name remained.
Last week, the name issue came up again in my spirit. I opened the domain registry search engine and sat for a minute. “Lord, you have the name available that will communicate the message of the Project. What is it?” Without really thinking, I began to type in a name I wanted last fall, but had been taken. To my surprise – it was now available!
Thus, this week, Project 513 will be renamed “Christian Liberty Project.” These three words encompass the essence of what we believe God wants this ministry to become.
“Christian” – This is a ministry to the church. It is a ministry that seeks to set the Church free during this critical time in history, so that it can be what it is mean to be – the active, bold, salt and light that will transform a lost and dying nation. We seek to help Christians rise up into positions of leadership in all spheres of influence, including (but certainly not limited to), business and politics.
“Liberty” – A significant percentage of the Church has been taken captive, be it financial bondage through debt, emotional bondage, or bondage to the worship of our culture’s many idols. Liberty in Christ is the remedy. When Christians begin to live who they are in Christ, nothing can stop them from reclaiming this nation’s heritage of virtue and civil liberty.
“Project” – This is not a short term fix. This is a major, long term project. Once the church is set free from the culture’s influence, it must develop a legacy of eternal vigilance. Christians must constantly and proactively influence the culture for Christ, and never again let that influence begin to flow in the other direction.
With the new name comes a new logo. The mountains symbolize the struggle for liberty. Mountain climbing is challenging, but rewarding. We keep our eyes fixed on the summit, where Christ is the source and hope of all liberty. This is symbolized by the top, center placement of the cross, silhouetted by a rising sun. The red, white, and blue colors symbolize our belief that a repentant and Spiritually free nation will return to God’s favor – and once again give hope and refuge to all mankind.
Donations will continue to be made to “Project 513″ for the time being. We have filed for non-profit status with the IRS under that name, and it is not wise to rock the boat this late in the approval process. Once we have received our favorable determination letter from the IRS, we will legally change our name to “Christian Liberty Project.” For the next week or so, blog articles and podcasts will be suspended while the web site and all associated internet sites are reworked.
It is difficult to express the excitement I have with a seemingly simple name and logo change. Yet I see in Scripture that at God’s appointed time, a name was changed when it was time to fulfill His specific purpose. It is my prayer that the Christian Liberty Project will follow the legacy of those before us, and that we will be used by Him to accomplish His purpose during this historic struggle for liberty.
Douglas Tjaden, Executive Director
Christian Liberty Project