A.J. Castellitto
Jesus Christ and the public square
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By A.J. Castellitto
July 3, 2019

It was none other than our founder, Christopher Columbus, who paid homage to divine providence in noting how he "did not make use of intelligence, mathematics or maps...simply the fulfillment of what Isaiah had prophesied...to undertake any task in the name of our Savior." For Columbus, that task was the discovery of America.

More than a century later, the first settlers landed on Plymouth Rock for the sake of religious liberty and the "advancement of the Christian faith." Our very first president came to understand that "there never was a people who had more reason to acknowledge a divine interposition in their affairs, than those in the United States." And it was Washington's successor, John Adams, who astutely noted how "the general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity...eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God." This is how deeply the Christian faith is woven into the moral and civil fabric of society.

Your Own Personal Jesus?

Despite such faithful origins, our public square can easily grow bare and desolate, defaulting toward a place lacking any free exchange of ideas. In fact, a totalitarian state lies just on the other side of a Godless dehumanization campaign to wholly monopolize and drain the public square of all its virtue. Influential occultist, Alister Crowley, longed for such a day as he declared "Judaism..savage and Christianity a fiendish superstition," although he took solace in his perverted idea that "God sent Jesus to show that God and Man can be One...to know ourselves as God..become our own savior..from the restriction..that inhibits us from full expression of will." Such rhetoric is implicit in the "born this way" mentality of our present day, even within the walls of Christendom. Our own personal Jesus is ultimately ourselves and the idols we worship for our own glory and gratification.

In today's virtual reality world, 'group think' and 'hate speech' are the sum parts of a new law. Our righteous guilt lies in an inability to accept a form of manufactured consent, which will ultimately lead to enslavement.

In fact, even the non-believing thinkers of former days were much more classically liberal in their conception of what constitutes a fair, and just as important, free society. Obviously, radical ideologues like Karl Marx were the exception.

The Gospel According to New Atheism & Karl Marx

Atheist, Stephen LeDrew, sees strong elements of Marxism in the New Atheism phenomenon. LeDrew believes that the adherents of new atheism are ultimately peddling a type of closed thinking philosophy. In his book, The Evolution of Atheism: The Politics of a Modern Movement, LeDrew sharply criticizes New Atheism's "intolerance" and "dangerous," "secular fundamentalism" including strict adherence to "modern utopian ideology." He sees through the veneer of contemporary intellectualism to expose what is an "essentially political phenomenon" with its sole intent a "critique of religion" and ultimate purpose "the universalization of the ideology of scientism and the establishment of its cultural authority." Their agenda "is ultimately about power" and encompasses a radical shift "from simple negation of religious beliefs."

But what if religion, Christianity, in particular, is more than just the opiate of the masses? For true believers, there was, and continues to be, much more at stake.

A Firm Foundation

Joseph Story, a Supreme Court Justice and one of the founders of Harvard Law, who ruled against the legality of slave trade and the Indian Removal Act, maintained a high view of Jesus Christ with his assertion that "there never has been a period of history, in which the Common Law did not recognize Christianity as lying at its foundation."

Justice Story's commentaries on the US Constitution, in 1833, further solidified the interdependence of church and state. Story did not hesitate in his promotion of the source by which all law, morality, virtue and righteousness is upheld. His convictions were greatly informed and confirmed by his many years of public service. Story fully understood that "government can not long exist without an alliance with religion; and that Christianity is indispensable to the true interests and solid foundations of free government."

President John Quincy Adams asserted the preeminence of the Son of Man in his assertion that "whoever believes in the Divine inspiration of the Holy Scriptures must hope that the religion of Jesus shall prevail throughout the earth." In doing so, Adams is not promoting forced morality, he's merely affirming with all sincerity a desire for peace, charity and goodwill.

21st Century Jesus

It was President Barack Obama, who during the 2013 Easter Prayer Breakfast made reference to "our Saviour, who suffered and died and was resurrected, both fully God and also a man." Three years later, during the 2016 National Prayer Breakfast, President Obama publicly declared to a room full of people how "God gives believers the power, the love, the sound mind required to conquer any fear, and what more important moment for that faith than right now? What better time than these changing, tumultuous times to have Jesus standing beside us, steadying our minds, cleansing our hearts?" Finally, in a moment of shocking humility before both God and man, President Obama pointed the finger at himself and declared, "I pray that my failings are forgiven."

Unfortunately, instances of hypocrisy and message manipulation are far too commonplace, not only today but throughout history. For the public official who views Jesus Christ as nothing more than a mythical figure and a voting bloc, there is little risk in faking it. This is the case on both sides of the aisle. The Democrats, in particular, have a major God problem. They boo, mock and reject anything that resembles biblical truth. This is who they've become. The testimony of scripture reveals a completely different reality in which even the demons declare, "O Son of God," "I know who you are – the Holy One of God."

In addition, there are many practical atheists, especially in the political realm, who tweak and manipulate the holy attributes of the God-man in order to spin the gospel message any way they see fit. One of the most high profile offenders is the openly gay Democratic primary candidate, Pete Buttigieg, who is critical of those who seem to be "saying so much about what Christ said so little about, and so little about what he said so much about." Buttigieg is of course trying to establish a form of mutual exclusivity that says you can't be charitable to the poor while also maintaining firm positions on biblical marriage and the right to life.

The Politization of the Church

There has been a sudden change happening in the mainline Christian denominations. The pastor's pulpit is becoming increasingly derelict in its core mission to preach the gospel. Regrettably, the church is swiftly following the lead of the public square in replacing the need for a savior with the promotion of social programs.

J. Gresham Machen was almost prophetic in his recognition of the corrupting influence of politics on the church. Machen was steadfast in his assertion that a watered down social gospel is no Christianity. According to Machen,

"Christianity was certainly not a way of life as distinguished from a doctrine, or way of life expressing itself in a doctrine, but it was a way of life founded upon a doctrine. It was founded more especially upon a proclamation of something that happened. The primitive Church proclaimed that happening after the first great act in it had occurred; Jesus proclaimed it by way of prophecy, but the primitive Church and Jesus were alike in proclaiming an event."

To political agitators like John Podesta, Christianity is merely an organization to infiltrate. In particular, Podesta has his sights on the Roman Catholic Church. His sinister intent was revealed via Wikileaks 2016 October surprise. https://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/democrats-conspiracy-the-catholic-church/

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