A.J. Castellitto
May 6, 2014
Truth ordained trumps blame
By A.J. Castellitto

In response to my assertion that there is a great spiritual, national, and cultural 'falling away,' in our day (especially among our youth), a friend of mine responded thus,

"I would contend that politics serves as a distraction to deeper immoral infestations that are infecting, not society, or culture, but the Church itself. Politics, society, and culture are only symptoms and indicators of the health of the Church. The politics of a society with a healthy, dynamic church will not need to "define" marriage, or address moral issues at all in the political forum."

I do agree with my friend's contention, however, the crux of the matter is not so clear cut, nor black and white. The truth is that our government has been pushing, legitimizing and infusing a pro-progressive, religious humanist-agenda into the schools, the sciences and the culture for more than half a century now.

The efforts to discredit and minimize Christianity's influence and reach has a long, turbulent history. I would argue that much of these secular machinations have infiltrated the church. As religious humanism's highly esteemed 'experts' and 'philosophers' continue to take control of the public square, their influence neutralizes and penetrates the ultimate, universal foundation. It's all part of a greater, widespread, sinister deception.

Much fault lies in the church for producing 'lukewarm believers' but EXTREME 'Church-State' separation has also hurt Christianity's influence and reach, and has had an adverse effect on the culture overall.

Has there ever been righteous rulers in the history of the world?

It may be rare, but even think about some of the high profile religious leaders that have had political influence throughout the ages, like Saint Ambrose. These were larger than life (and highly influential) figures who took on the political establishment of their day. William Tisdale, John Knox, John Wesley – these were men who took on the political and religious establishment and changed society for the better.

Martin Luther King Jr. is a more recent example. When spiritual figures find themselves thrust into a position of great influence, they 'preach it,' and their impact is felt.

"Extreme" church-state separation and a separating of Judeo-Christian truth from 'universal truth' has been a severe social-cultural detriment to our nation, and it will only get worse. If you relegate Christianity to one of many buffet-style 'truth options,' don't be surprised when the masses, even cultural-Christians, reject it in growing numbers. When we are complicit and apathetic, we play right into their hands.

The only effective way to 'resist' is to expose the agendas and foundations. Faith and freedom are intrinsically linked. But faithful preachers are mocked by secular society or are written off as 'extreme' while carnal preachers bring the world into the church. There will be a purging but that should not defeat efforts to expose falsehood and call it out for what it is.

We won't be able to live side by side.They resist us and we resist them. They will pick us off with violence while we pick them off with truth. Jesus did not come to bring peace but a sword. But we should go down proclaiming universal AND redeeming Truth.

We must Share and Defend! http://www.americanclarion.com/share-defend-28242

Ultimately, faith has to get personal. We're too distracted, too self centered.

Let's take our God-given talents and personal traumas and apply them to the 'good fight.' Serve others and glorify God....You will gradually be restored and made whole.

As for politics, I've been told we have no business supporting a platform that honors universal truths (i.e. Right-to-Life, Marriage, Traditional Family Values, Personal Responsibility, etc). Well, that's fine and all but don't get annoyed when we don't vote. Many Christians who take their faith seriously will not make any affirmative move in such a direction. If I were running the GOP I would stage a boycott of the MSM and not bow down to Marxist smear and propaganda. But I don't want anything to do with politics and the secular spotlight. Our God is a God of sanctified living, not one Who would advocate surrounding ourselves (or making permissible) a myriad of temptations and excesses.

When the world has become one big vanity fair, we may have to pass through, but we will do so with our head lifted to heaven and Jesus in our hearts.....

May God Richly Bless You and Thank You for Reading!

© A.J. Castellitto

 

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A.J. Castellitto

A.J. Castellitto is a freelance writer who resides in NJ with his wife and five children. He holds a B.S. in Counseling and Human Services from the University of Scranton and his writings have been published at The Center for Western Journalism, The Christian Post, Intellectual Conservative and Reformed Perspective Magazine.

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