A.J. Castellitto
February 1, 2015
The king's highway
By A.J. Castellitto

"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light...

I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul" – 1 Peter 2


There are many troubling developments unfolding to extinguish the lasting remnants of our common law, Judeo-Christian foundations. At the same time, it seems as if Sharia Law is starting to creep its way in.

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Just recently, I proudly flaunted my conservative principles during a heated online exchange. I found myself blindsided, however, (as I was unprepared for the sobering response that followed my ideological offensive)...

AJ: "Leftists are so dangerous and hypocritical in what they espouse and who they target. All men and women can get married in the U.S. What is being demanded is a (recognition and) redefinition of marriage; so what's the standard? They don't want any part of that aspect of the conversation. But how is marriage ultimately to be defined? What is the consensus? What is the new normal?

When people start throwing around the words 'hate' and 'phobia,' it exhibits a lack of a sound, big-picture perspective."

Unknown Responder: "Perhaps if you had experienced, firsthand, hatred with the physical beatings and attacks I and others here have endured and fortunately survived (because of the pervasive anti-gay Christian culture in this country over the past two and a half centuries) you wouldn't be so quick to make such statements!"


I was troubled by this. If accurately conveyed, this is truly horrible.

But I can't help but view this battle as just one part of a greater cultural and ideological struggle being forcefully thrust upon average folk with no true axe to grind. The pot-stirrers are the same people willing to trample on existing laws and promote open rebellion against our 'men in blue' via some contrived race-war narrative.

When you cater to the whims of the individual (in particular, those who promote a radical uprooting of our traditional foundations), a path to arbitrary totalitarian rule is laid that threatens to devour our natural/universal laws. We all have a part in shaping the culture. What we don't challenge, we by default embrace. We must continue to promote values and virtue, and demand such attributes are present (and apparent) in those elected to public office.

It appears that, we Christians, are being scapegoated and ultimately driven unto the fringes of society. I am of no greater worth than my neighbor – no matter how he identifies himself. This trumped-up emphasis on sexual identity is way overblown. We are not what we desire, but rather, we are what we embrace. Sometimes, it is an acting against carnal interests, that is the most loving and compassionate way to engage our neighbor and uphold ourselves. In fact, it could be said that we must embrace death if we truly want to live. This I actually know, for my Savior tells me so.

"Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me."

What does your god tell you?

Search your conscience and seek ultimate authority and wisdom. May our Answer Be a Truly Merciful One!

"And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein." – Isaiah 35:8

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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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