In the face of today’s so-called “culture war,” Theonomy and Reconstruction teachers often take bold stands on social issues that attract anxious evangelicals. How can pastors guide and guard their sheep from possible error?
Virtues help us to guard against the extreme vices of nostalgia and cynicism in our historical thinking as we come to grips with what it means to be an American.
Theonomy has a view of the gospel and of the church’s mission that goes beyond preaching Christ and him crucified and risen for the conversion of sinners and the building up of churches.
The witness of the early church exposes us to a sort of culture warrior, but one who contrasts rather sharply from what’s usually meant by that term today.
Christ is reigning, and he will accomplish his purpose on earth as it is in heaven. But that purpose is best seen in the beautification and building up of the church in the midst of nations, not a final golden era among the nations, where all the nations are made Christian by the church’s influence.
Theonomy fails to recognize that the New Testament applies Moses’s law through Christ only to the church and never to the state.
How does Moses’s law apply to believers today when so much has changed with Christ’s coming, not least of which is that we are part of the new covenant and not the old?
To what extent should the government use its coercive power to enforce Christian ethics?
Christians must call their governments to pursue and maintain a divinely-given, objective standard of morality. But Paul did not hold forth the law of Moses as this standard.
In all our social media hot takes on Christian nationalism, we miss how nuanced nationalism has been in the American experience.
Several distinctions can be made among the theonomists of our day.
The local church is the political rallying point for all of God’s people. We all occupy different stations, but we are all politicians.
Christians’ political thinking and conduct should always reflect the fact that our governments are in covenant with God through the Noahic covenant.
Every pastor desires to see his congregation formed theologically. Part of this theological formation involves thinking through a number of questions that relate to church and state.
There is much gold to be mined from works that have stood the test of time and helped Christians for centuries.