It has been a while since I have posted. Synod and other responsiblities have kept me from actively engaging the blog but I have been reading and keeping up.
Reading the blog gives me pause. I feel divided. In Frank Luntz fashion, Darryl has been able to give a pejorative name to advocates of Christian civil government: Transformationalist. What a dirty sounding word to anyone who stands upon anti-liberal ground. Surely Christian civil government must be rejected, it is an ideology that seeks to change (transform… yuck) society through politics… to tinker (transform) with human nature to conform with our NAPARC dreams.
But then I ask myself the question. What if the gospel takes root in China? Will China remain unchanged? Will its culture not be… transformed? Not on the basis of politics, but through the inpact of souls who have been ordered according to the standards of a Christ and His law.
This is how it was in the West and I am grateful for it. Grateful for our heritage of ordered liberty, economic freedom, and respect for humanity as made in the image of the living God. It has checked the power of the beast, it has made daily life more humane, and given honor to the church as the eschatological Kingdom dwelling in our midst.