Seeing the banner of Christ fallen, even at times willingly thrust to the ground by those who should fight under it . . .
Concerned that godlessness has become the norm when even Christians think it extreme to fly Christ’s banner over intellectual, moral, and cultural pursuits . . .
Observing that America has left its first love . . .
Disturbed that the only begotten Son is treated as the only forgotten Son . . .
And knowing that we become “more than conquerors” only when we stand on the Conqueror’s shoulders . . .
. . . ANNO DOMINI has formed.
Why the name “Anno Domini” (Latin for “in the year of the Lord”)
In the sixth century, a monk named Dionysius Exiguus devised the Anno Domini dating system, circulating history around the coming of Christ—AD marking years after this event. Eventually years before Christ became marked as BC years. Jesus is Lord over time and this calendar depicts this truth by having all of time revolve around Him.
But opposition has arisen against this Christ-centered calendar. Wishing to erase any traces of Christianity, French revolutionaries replaced this calendar with their own republican calendar. It measured time from the inauguration of the new French Republic (September 22, 1792). International communications created difficulties, though, and before two decades transpired the Christian calendar once again ruled French time. Modern academia, likewise displeased with our Christian calendar, has introduced a mere labeling replacement. Still organized around Christ’s coming—to their chagrin—they label time before as BCE (Before the Common Era) and time after as CE (Common Era). Giving as a reason for this change, one said, “The days of Christian domination are definitely over.” It signifies their desire for a “Christian cleansing,” as it were, from the culture. This battle over our calendar, we see, presents a miniature of the larger world and life war. What they call domination we call liberation.
With the coming of King Jesus, the days of Christian liberation have only begun. He inaugurated the Year of the Lord—that greater Jubilee era to which all previous Jubilees had been pointing (Leviticus 25:8–13; Luke 4:17–21). Global trumpets now blow for the release of enslaved mankind, the restoration of planet earth to its rightful owners, and the permeation of restful peace.
ANNO DOMINI proclaims this Year of the Lord. As our Jubilary-Lord should be made supreme in all things (Colossians 1:18), AD will teach and vindicate the supremacy of Jesus Christ. In the spirit of our Christ-centered calendar, it will proclaim His centrality not only to time, but also to salvation (Acts 4:12), to knowledge (Colossians 2:3), and to morality (John 15:1–5), including political morality (Psalms 2:10-12). In other words, AD exists to unfold and apply the meaning of Jesus’ self-disclosure: I am the way (salvation), the truth (knowledge), and the life (morality).
For though Jesus entered the world by angelic naming, miraculous conception, foreign dignitary worship, and heavenly choirs, the world in large part had no room for Him. He was born with the animals; laid in a feeding trough. With a silent bombardment the King came. Let us learn to sound the trumpet for Christ in our employments, our families, our marketplaces, and our institutions. Let us prepare the earth to receive her King.
Taking all thoughts captive to Christ
Est. AD 2012